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McConnell seeks to push Trump impeachment trial to February
- Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina helped Trump find Bowers after members of his past legal teams indicated they did not plan to join the new effort. Trump is at a disadvantage compared to , in which he had the full resources of the White House counsel's office to defend him. Shortly before the Jan. 6 insurrection, Trump told thousands of his supporters at a rally near the White House to “fight like ...

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Amazon Doesn't Have To Host Parler, Judge Rules
- Days after an insurrectionist mob stormed the Capitol, Amazon stopped providing hosting services to Parler -- a controversial social media platform that had become increasingly popular with right-wing figures. Amazon said at the time that Parler violated the terms of service by failing to take down posts that encourage violence. Parler immediately sought a court order requiring restoration of service. The company ...

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The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds
- Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday! The first of the Biden presidency. We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. ...

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Climate Change Once Again Appears On White House Website
- Any mention of climate change was scrubbed from the site the day Trump moved into the White House. Climate change vanished as a relevant governmental issue almost the instant Donald Trump became president when all mention of it was scrubbed from his administration’s website . But its reality was once again recognized on the site Wednesday with a somber acknowledgment of the problem and a vow from President Joe ...

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Fauci unleashed: Doc takes 'liberating' turn at center stage
- After surviving nearly a year of darts and undermining comments from former President Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci is back WASHINGTON -- Dr. Anthony Fauci is back. In truth, the nation’s leading infectious-diseases expert never really went away. But after enduring nearly a year of darts and undermining comments from former President Donald Trump , Fauci now speaks with the authority of the White House again. ...

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Review of Trump ban marks major turning point for Facebook
- Facebook's decision to ask its new independent Oversight Board to review the company's of former President Trump is likely to set a critical precedent for how the social media giant handles political speech from world leaders. What they're saying: "I very much hope and can expect … that they will uphold our decision," Facebook's VP of global affairs Nick Clegg tells Axios. The board has 90 days to determine ...

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Senate to vote on confirmation of Biden defense secretary pick Lloyd Austin
- (CNN) The Senate will hold a confirmation vote on Friday for President Joe Biden's defense secretary pick retired Gen. Lloyd Austin . Austin, who retired in 2016 and would be the first African American to run the department, had to be granted a waiver from a law requiring a defense secretary to wait seven years after active-duty service before taking the job. The House approved the waiver Thursday afternoon, ...

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Biden administration to seek five-year extension on key nuclear arms treaty in first foray with Russia
- President Biden is seeking a five-year extension with Russia on the only remaining treaty limiting the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals just days before it expires, said two senior US officials. At the same time, his administration is preparing to impose new costs on Russia pending a newly requested intelligence assessment of its recent activities. The officials said Biden is ruling out a “reset” in ...

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Senate Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against Cruz, Hawley
- A group of Senate Democrats filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Republican Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz over their objections to the Jan. 6 certification of the presidential election results that coincided with the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. By objecting to the certification, Cruz, and Hawley, "lent legitimacy" to the violent mob of pro-Trump supporters that stormed the Capitol, the letter sent to ...

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'Basically Trying to Overturn the Senate Election': McConnell Delaying Democratic Takeover in Effort to Preserve Filibuster
- "McConnell is already abusing the filibuster to block the constitution of the new majority. Nuking the filibuster is the appropriate response." In an early effort keep the GOP in a position to cripple President Joe Biden's agenda, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is threatening to block a must-pass organizing resolution that establishes the rules for the new session and sets committee assignments if Democrats ...

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Capitol Police reverse request that National Guard members guarding Capitol rest in parking garage
- After spending days in the cold securing the United States Capitol following the deadly siege two weeks ago , citizen members of the National Guard were asked to leave the Capitol building and relocate to a nearby parking garage to rest during their shifts. The decision drew swift condemnation from lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who called the move "outrageous." Several pressed to have ...

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Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat
- GENEVA — The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, President Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, renewing support for an agency that the Trump administration had pulled back from. Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to the WHO — whose response to the pandemic has been ...

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Lawyer for the 22-year-old accused of stealing Pelosi's laptop blamed Trump for the Capitol riot, saying her client 'took the president's bait'
- The lawyer of the woman accused of stealing Pelosi's laptop blamed Trump for the January 6 riot. Riley June Williams "took the president's bait," Lori Ulrich told a Thursday court hearing. Trump had told supporters to "fight like hell" moments before a mob stormed the Capitol. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . The lawyer for the woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laptop during ...

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Biden executive orders target federal minimum wage and food insecurity
- Actions aim to help American families and workers struggling with economic toll of Covid-19 Sign up for the Guardian's First Thing newsletter Joe Biden on Friday will sign a pair of executive orders aimed at providing immediate relief to American families grappling with the economic toll of the Covid-19 pandemic and expanding safety protections for federal workers. The first action targets food insecurity, by ...

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Biden administration suspends new oil, gas drilling permits on federal land
- Move could be the first step in an eventual goal to ban all leases and permits to drill on federal land BILLINGS, Mont. — The Biden administration announced Thursday a 60-day suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters as officials moved quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment. The suspension, part of a broad review of programs at the ...

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Kamala Harris to move temporarily to Blair House
- Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, will temporarily move to Blair House, which is near the White House, before moving to the vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory, according to an aide for Harris. Seven vice presidents have called Number One Observatory Circle their home while in office, beginning with Vice President Walter Mondale. The house located at the ...

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Biden's LGBTQ Executive Order is just the start – here are the other pro-equality actions the administration is taking
- Man told LGBT Pride organizers he will 'kill every gay person I can,’ police say David Badash and The New Civil Rights Movement January 22, 2021 President Joe Biden is quickly establishing himself as America's most pro-LGBTQ president ever. In his first 24 hours President Biden has signed a wide-ranging executive order on LGBTQ equality, added gender-neutral pronouns options to the White House website, nominated ...

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Maryland Representative Andy Harris said to have tried to bring gun onto House floor
- U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a report that Maryland Representative Andy Harris attempted to bring a gun into the House chamber Thursday. "The USCP is investigating the matter," officials confirmed to CBS Baltimore . According to a story in HuffPost, Harris, a Republican, set off metal detectors while trying to enter, then a security guard spotted the concealed gun using a metal detector wand. House members ...

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Texas doctor accused of stealing COVID-19 vaccine to give to his family and friends
- A Houston area health department doctor is accused by prosecutors of stealing nine doses of coronavirus vaccine from a damaged vial and administering them to family and friends. But Hasan Gokal insists he did nothing wrong and was only trying to ensure the vaccine was not wasted, his attorney said Thursday. Authorities allege that Gokal, who worked for Harris County Public Health, stole a vial of the Moderna ...

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Cesar Chavez's son happy dad's bust is in Biden Oval Office
- Paul Chavez didn’t know where a sculpture of his father, the late Latino American civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, would end up in the White House WASHINGTON -- Paul Chavez had no idea where a sculpture of his father, Latino American civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, would end up in the White House. He agreed just this week to lend the bronze bust to President Joe Biden and hustled to get it ...

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QAnon true-believers say their faith is unshaken, despite Biden inauguration
- QAnon believers seek to adapt their extremist ideology for a new era: ‘Things have just started’ With Q having vanished and Trump out of office, far-right extremist groups are targeting disillusioned believers online in hopes of further radicalizing them to a new cause Tiffany, an Oklahoma mother of two who runs an online children’s boutique, had expected more arrests. A believer in QAnon, the sprawling set ...

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Here’s what to know about the 17 executive orders and other directives that President Joe Biden signed on his first day in office
- In 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations signed hours after his inauguration , President Joe Biden moved swiftly Wednesday to dismantle Trump administration policies his aides said have caused the “greatest damage” to the nation. Despite an inaugural address that called for unity and compromise, Biden’s first actions as president were sharply aimed at sweeping aside former President Donald ...

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Proud Boy organizer arrested in Florida over riot at Capitol
- ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an organizer of the Proud Boys far-right extremist group has been arrested on charges of taking part in the siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Thirty-seven-year-old Joseph Biggs was arrested Wednesday in central Florida. According to an arrest affidavit, Biggs was part of a crowd on Jan. 6 that overwhelmed Capitol Police officers who were manning a metal barrier on ...

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Senate confirms Biden 1st Cabinet pick as Democrats control
- Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president’s agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges. In a first vote, the Senate confirmed Biden’s nominee for Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines. Senators worked into the evening and ...

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Ted Cruz clashes with Seth Rogen over Biden rejoining Paris climate deal
- Sen. Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward Cruz (R-Texas) late Wednesday engaged in a heated Twitter exchange with actor and comedian Seth Rogen after the GOP lawmaker criticized President Biden ’s executive action to have the United States rejoin the Paris climate accord. “By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of ...

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Joe Biden got 5 million followers in less than 24 hours after the @POTUS account was purged of everyone who followed it under Trump
- Joe Biden gained 5 million followers in less than 24 hours after taking over the @POTUS account. Before it had 33 million followers amassed under Presidents Obama and Trump. But Twitter reset the count to zero before handing it over on Wednesday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . President Joe Biden gained 4.9 million followers in less than 24 hours after he was inaugurated, after the @POTUS ...

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Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg urges big funds for Transportation
- WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, was headed down a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to work with them to carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. A Senate committee vote on his nomination could come as soon as next week. Speaking at his confirmation hearing with ...

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‘The Permit is hereby revoked’: Biden order halts Keystone XL pipeline construction
- TORONTO — Construction on the long disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline halted Wednesday as incoming U.S. President Joe Biden revoked its permit on his first day in office . The 1,700-mile pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. “The Permit is hereby revoked,” Biden’s executive ...

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‘Have a good life’: Trump leaves for Florida in low-key farewell
- PALM BEACH, Fla. — Donald Trump's final act as the 45th president of the United States was announced as his official government motorcade rolled through the palm-lined streets of South Florida one last time: a full pardon for Albert Pirro, the ex-husband of Trump loyalist and Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. Trump had decided Wednesday morning to grant a final gift of clemency after issuing 143 other pardons in an ...

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Biden To Keep Wray On As FBI Director
- Christopher Wray is staying at the helm of the FBI. Less than 24 hours after President Biden's press secretary, Jen Psaki, generated speculation about Wray's future after giving a noncommittal response when asked whether Biden had confidence in the FBI director, Psaki made clear that Wray will remain at his post. "I caused an unintentional ripple yesterday so [I] wanted to state very clearly President Biden intends ...

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Biden admin condemns 'unproductive and cynical' Chinese sanctions against Trump officials
- © Greg Nash President Biden’s administration condemned China’s Inauguration Day sanctions against former Trump officials, calling them “unproductive and cynical.” Emily Horne, Biden’s National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson, called China’s move to sanction officials from the former administration “seemingly an attempt to play to partisan divides,” according to Reuters . “Americans of both ...

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World leaders react to "new dawn in America" under Biden administration
- World leaders have pledged to work with President Biden on issues including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, with many praising his move to begin the formal process for the U.S. to rejoin the The big picture: Several leaders noted the swift shift from former President to Biden's action to and rebuild alliances. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told in Brussels, "Once again, after four ...

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Former presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton praise peaceful transfer of power in joint video
- Obama, Bush and Clinton release video praising peaceful transfers of power, as Trump skips inauguration Standing in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery alongside his two predecessors in the White House, former president Barack Obama noted that inaugurations are central to American democracy. “Inaugurations signal a tradition of a peaceful transfer of power that is over two centuries old,” ...

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Trump's children and former staffers to get Secret Service protection at taxpayers' expense: report
- The ex-president's order of Secret Service protection for his adult children and top loyalists will cost millions Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump, and president Donald Trump and attend an event on women's empowerment during the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. As one of Donald Trump's final abuses of the office of the presidency, he extended Secret Service Protection beyond himself and his wife Melania ...

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Meet Biden’s new CFPB Acting Director Dave Uejio
- Set to lead agency after Kathy Kraninger resignation After former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger stepped down Wednesday at the request of President Joe Biden, Dave Uejio took over as the bureau’s acting director. Biden named Uejio acting director late Wednesday, moving him from his previous role as CFPB strategy program manager. In that role, he reported to the deputy director, led ...

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Biden's new-look Oval Office is a nod to past US leadership
- Incoming presidents bring their own personal touch to the Oval Office and much is being read into the way Joe Biden has chosen to decorate his new place of work. The room has been filled with portraits and busts of some of the most iconic and influential leaders of American history. "It was important for President Biden to walk into an Oval that looked like America and started to show the landscape of who he is ...

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Senate confirms Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence
- Senate confirms Biden's first Cabinet nominee The Senate voted to confirm Avril Haines to be Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday evening, making her the first of President Biden's Cabinet nominees to be confirmed. Haines was approved by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 84 to 10. The Senate adjourned for the night after confirming Haines, and will reconvene at 12 p.m. on Thursday. "Avril Haines was ...

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Here are the customary things Trump did not do leading up to Biden's inauguration
- WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump's exit from office reflected much of his tenure: It was unprecedented. Typically, sitting presidents do symbolic things such as hosting their successors at the White House, attending the inauguration of the incoming president, and much more, to signify a peaceful transfer of power. However, as Trump railed and erroneously insisted until nearly the last day that the ...

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Freshman GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene files articles of impeachment against Biden
- Alleges abuse of power by Biden from his time as vice president Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Georgia conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Thursday made good on her promise to file articles of impeachment against President Biden . The freshman Republican, who has supported QANON conspiracy theories and criticized the 25,000 National Guard deployed to Washington ...

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Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn denies relationship with brother Michael Flynn was a factor in military’s response to Capitol attack
- Army Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the brother of controversial former national security adviser Michael Flynn, on Thursday defended his actions in the U.S. military’s deliberations over how to respond to the assault on the Capitol , saying he was on a key call for only four minutes and denying that he lied to staffers about it. Charles Flynn also rejected the notion that his relationship with his brother, a retired ...

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Uniformed man knelt by Beau Biden's grave during inaugural address
- As President Joe Biden was sworn into office Wednesday, a uniformed man was seen paying silent tribute at the grave of Biden’s son Beau. Delaware News Journal reporter Patricia Talorico captured the poignant image, showing the man kneeling with head bowed by Beau Biden’s grave at St. Joseph on the Brandywine church in Greenville, Delaware. Talorico, who writes primarily about food, said she was on an assignment ...

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Report: Biden Admin Discovers Trump Had Zero Plans For COVID Vaccine Distribution
- As they were settling into the White House on Wednesday, Biden administration officials were reportedly stunned to discover that President Joe Biden’s predecessor didn’t have a plan with regards to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. A source told CNN on Thursday morning that the new administration will "have to build everything from scratch" thanks to former President Donald Trump’s reported lack of strategy ...

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Biden Presses Pause on Trump's Border Wall as Vast Swathes Left Unfinished
- President Joe Biden paused construction of the border wall on Wednesday night as more than 200 miles of federally-funded sections of the barrier remained incomplete or in the pre-construction phase, according to the latest official figures. Delivering on a campaign promise, Biden issued a proclamation ordering that construction of President Donald Trump 's border wall be stopped, labeling the project a "waste of ...

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Oregon Democratic Party offices vandalized amid post-inauguration protests
- Police arrested eight people on Wednesday after the Democratic Party headquarters in Portland, Oregon, was vandalized hours after President Joe Biden's inauguration . The building's doors and windows were smashed, a small dumpster was lit on fire, and graffiti reading " Breonna Taylor deserves justice" and "F--- Biden" was sprayed on the outside walls, according to videos filmed at the scene mid-afternoon by ...

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Meet Jen Psaki, Biden's press secretary who's pledged to bring 'truth' back to White House press briefings
- Biden's press secretary Jen Psaki held her first briefing hours after the January 20 inauguration. She promised reporters that she would bring "truth and transparency back to the briefing room." Psaki is a veteran political communicator with experience at the White House and State Department. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . President Joe Biden's White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, is a ...

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Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel replaces Ajit Pai, is now acting FCC chairwoman
- Net neutrality supporter Rosenworcel leads FCC on at least an interim basis. President Joe Biden today appointed Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to be the acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. Rosenworcel became an FCC commissioner in 2012 and served in a Democratic majority during the Obama years and in a Democratic minority during the Trump years. "I am honored to be designated as the Acting ...

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Man charged with assaulting police officer during Capitol riot
- Federal prosecutors have charged a man with assaulting a police officer during the Capitol riot, accusing him of trying to crush an officer who was pinned by a mob as it tried to break into the building. Patrick Edward McCaughey III was arrested and charged on Tuesday with assault, disorder, entering a restricted area and violent entry or disorderly conduct, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Charging ...

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Trump’s many pardons a boon for well-connected fraudsters
- The former president's final batch of more than 140 pardons and sentence commutations benefited an ignominious list of defendants. WASHINGTON — A former congressman who pocketed millions of dollars in bribes from defense contractors. A Republican fundraiser who was paid handsome sums to illicitly lobby a presidential administration. An influential voice in conservative circles accused of duping donors who ...

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