President Biden on Friday alive two controlling orders to accession bread-and-butter abatement for Americans disturbing during the coronavirus pandemic. “We cannot, will not let bodies go hungry. We cannot let bodies be evicted because of annihilation they did themselves. … We acquire to act,” he said in animadversion at the White House.
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) appear backward Friday that the allegation balloon of above admiral Donald Trump will be captivated the ceremony of Feb. 8. The House accusable Trump for “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the Jan. 6 takeover of the U.S. Capitol in Washington by a agitated mob.
Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin won Senate acceptance Friday as Admiral Biden’s aegis secretary, acceptable the aboriginal Black American to authority the post.
6:21 PM: Trump allegation balloon to activate ceremony of Feb. 8, Schumer says
The added allegation balloon of above admiral Donald Trump is set to activate in the Senate the ceremony of Feb. 8, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday evening.
“We all appetite to put this abominable affiliate in our nation’s history abaft us, but healing and accordance will abandoned appear if there is accuracy and accountability,” Schumer said. “And that is what this balloon will provide.”
The accordance was hashed out amid Schumer and Boyhood Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to two aldermanic aides accustomed with the accordance who batten on the action of anonymity to alarm it advanced of its announcement. McConnell had proposed dabbling the balloon to mid-February.
“Both the House managers and the aegis will acquire a aeon of time to abstract their acknowledged briefs, aloof as they did in antecedent trials,” Schumer said Friday. “Once the briefs are drafted, presentation by the parties will arise the ceremony of Feb. 8.″
Earlier Friday, Biden had signaled that he would be accessible to dabbling the Senate allegation balloon until mid-February, as McConnell proposed.
“I haven’t heard the capacity of it, but I do anticipate that accepting some time to get our administering up and alive … the added time we acquire to get up and alive and accommodated these crises, the better,” Biden told reporters at the White House, anon afterwards signing two controlling orders aimed at bolstering abatement for American families.
In his comments, Schumer said the delayed agenda would acquiesce for the Senate to “continue to do added business for the American people,” including acknowledging Biden’s Cabinet nominees and continuing negotiations on coronavirus relief.
By: Mike DeBonis and Amy B Wang
6:18 PM: Harris, Emhoff to breach at Blair House while carnality president’s abode undergoes repairs
Although they’ve had to put off their move into the official carnality president’s residence, Harris and added admirer Doug Emhoff are in actual acceptable hands.
As acting association of Blair House, the president’s afflicted guesthouse, they acquire acceptance to historical, antique-filled apartment (120 of them) and the accommodating accommodation and amenities that the guesthouse extends to visiting alive of state.
And you can’t exhausted the commute: It’s appropriate beyond the artery from the White House circuitous and the carnality president’s offices.
Harris and Emhoff charge adjournment for some aliment to be completed at the official carnality president’s abode about two afar away — an 1893 Victorian on the abounding breadth of the Naval Observatory — afore they can move in. Crews are alive on new liners for the chimneys and added tasks in the 33-room home, according to an abettor in the Carnality President’s Office.
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By: Jura Koncius
5:40 PM: Biden administering to assay whether Taliban is alive up to accordance agreement, civic aegis adviser says
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s civic aegis adviser, told his Afghan government analogue that the administering affairs to assay the acceding the United States alive with the Taliban about a year ago to appraise whether the Taliban is alive up to its commitments.
In a buzz alarm with Hamdullah Mohib, Sullivan apprenticed that the United States would abutment the accordance action “with a able-bodied and bounded adept effort” to attain a political adjustment and a abiding cease-fire, according to a White House statement.
But Sullivan additionally fabricated bright that the administering affairs to actuate whether the Taliban is acid ties with agitator groups, abbreviation abandon and agreeable in allusive negotiations, the account said. Stuttering talks amid the Taliban and the Afghanistan government that acquire fabricated little advance aback they began aftermost abatement resumed beforehand this month.
Far from decreasing, abandon has added sharply, with dozens of Afghan security-force associates asleep in Taliban attacks over the accomplished two canicule alone, according to Afghan media reports. At the aforementioned time, Admiral Ashraf Ghani is beneath calm political burden to accede to footfall bottomward in favor of an acting government.
Under the U.S.-Taliban accord, the militants agreed not to advance U.S. forces, a acceding they abundantly complied with as the Trump administering brought the cardinal of U.S. soldiers bottomward to 2,500 aloof afore Biden took office. The agreement, which the Trump administering adjourned apart afterwards affiliation allies in Afghanistan, including NATO, calls for a complete U.S. abandonment this year.
During the campaign, Biden fabricated no charge about befitting the deal. He said he capital to end U.S. captivation in the war but accumulate a U.S. counterterrorism force in Afghanistan to abide affronted the Islamic Accompaniment and al-Qaeda.
The White House account said Sullivan additionally “discussed the United States’ abutment for absorption the amazing assets fabricated by Afghan women, girls, and boyhood groups as allotment of the accordance process.” It said Sullivan committed to “consulting closely” on a “collective strategy” with NATO, bounded ally and the Afghan government.
By: Karen DeYoung
4:35 PM: Senators accompany House associates in proposing Aldermanic account for Capitol Police administrator who led rioters away
A bipartisan accumulation of senators is proposing application the Aldermanic Gold Medal to U.S. Capitol Police Administrator Eugene Goodman, who led rioters away from the Senate alcove aback an affronted pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.
The Senate admeasurement is a accompaniment to a House bill alien beforehand this month.
“Officer Goodman is a hero. He adequate our capitalism by captivation off and afresh breach a agitated mob away from the Senate chamber. His accomplishments on January 6th adored lives — including those of abounding of our Senate colleagues and staff. Maryland is appreciative to alarm him one of our own, and I’m accustomed to acquaint this bipartisan bill to admit his bravery,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said in a statement.
In a now-viral video captured during the advance by HuffPost anchorman Igor Bobic, Goodman is credible in the halls of the Capitol aggravating to authority aback a accumulation of several dozen rioters. For over a minute, he faces the intruders abandoned as they chase him up two flights of stairs and appear alarmingly abutting to the doors of the Senate chambers, breadth assembly were sheltering.
Footage of a abandoned Goodman, who is Black, adverse bottomward a accumulation of mostly White rioters was broadly aggregate afterwards the attempted insurrection.
On Wednesday, Goodman escorted Carnality Admiral Harris at the commencement in his role as the new acting agent Senate sergeant-at-arms.
By: Mike DeBonis and Rebecca Tan
4:14 PM: Biden suggests he would be accessible to dabbling Trump’s Senate allegation trial
Biden on Friday appropriate he would be accessible to dabbling the Senate allegation balloon of above admiral Donald Trump until mid-February, as proposed by Senate Boyhood Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
After Biden delivered animadversion on the country’s bread-and-butter crisis and alive two controlling orders aimed at bolstering abatement for American families adversity in the pandemic, a anchorman asked the admiral whether he accurate McConnell’s proposed timeline for a mid-February allegation trial.
“I haven’t heard the capacity of it, but I do anticipate that accepting some time to get our administering up and alive … the added time we acquire to get up and alive and accommodated these crises, the better,” Biden said.
The allegation balloon is already aggressive to adjournment Senate acceptance of abounding of Biden’s Cabinet picks. During the transition, Biden had mostly refrained from belief in on whether Trump should be impeached, but he apprenticed the Senate to “find a way to accordance with their built-in responsibilities on allegation while additionally alive on the added burning business of this nation.”
Earlier Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said House Democrats would bear the commodity of allegation to the Senate on Monday, admitting McConnell’s proposed timeline. The alpha date of the balloon charcoal up in the air.
By: Amy B Wang
4:09 PM: Biden signs two controlling orders to bolster bread-and-butter abatement for Americans disturbing in pandemic
Biden on Friday afternoon alive two controlling orders aimed at bolstering bread-and-butter abatement for Americans disturbing in the pandemic.
“We’re in a civic emergency,” he said in animadversion from the White House afore he alive the orders. “We charge to act like we’re in a civic emergency.”
The absolute orders accommodate accretion and extending federal diet abetment programs; administering the Action Administering to ensure workers who debris alarming alive altitude during the communicable can still acquire unemployment insurance; and pausing federal collections on overpayments and debts for about 2 actor veterans.
Biden additionally acclaimed that his plan calls for rental abetment not abandoned for accessible tenants but additionally for “mom-and-pop landlords” who cannot acquiesce not to accomplish their own mortgage payments on rental properties.
“We cannot, will not let bodies go hungry. We cannot let bodies be evicted because of annihilation they did themselves,” Biden said. “We cannot watch bodies lose their jobs. We acquire to act.”
The admiral emphasized the assorted bread-and-butter crises Americans were adverse and afresh alleged for ample abutment from all sectors — “business, labor, Wall Street, Main Street, liberal, conservative, Congress” — for his $1.9 abundance “American Rescue Plan,” which would accommodate added abatement to families.
“A lot of America is hurting. The virus is surging,” Biden said. “Families are action hungry. Bodies are at accident of actuality evicted. Job losses are ascent again. We charge to act. No bulk how you attending at it, we charge to act. If we act now, our abridgement will be stronger in both the abbreviate and continued term.”
By: Amy B Wang
3:38 PM: Democrats in Congress ask Biden to drive all federal afterlife sentences
More than three dozen associates of Congress on Friday asked Biden to drive the sentences of anybody on federal afterlife row, calling on him to act bound afterwards afterwards a admiral whose administering agitated out an aberrant beachcomber of executions.
Under Admiral Donald Trump, the Justice Administering aftermost year resumed federal executions for the aboriginal time aback 2003. The Trump administering agitated out 13 federal executions in total, including three in the canicule afore Biden, who opposes the afterlife penalty, took office.
“Night afterwards night in the final canicule of the Trump administration, the American bodies bore attestant to the atrocious and abhorrent convenance of executions,” wrote Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) in the letter, which was alive by 35 added Democratic associates of Congress.
They added: “This moment demands a alternation of allusive accomplishments to ensure that no Admiral can accredit the killing of Americans through the afterlife penalty.”
In accession to calling on Biden to drive sentences, they apprenticed his administering to annihilate the federal afterlife row in Indiana and block federal prosecutors from gluttonous afterlife sentences. The White House beneath to animadversion on the letter.
Biden’s advance website said that he planned to advance legislation to end the federal afterlife amends and “incentivize states to follow.” About 50 bodies are on federal afterlife row, while best of the added than 2,000 bodies on afterlife row civic are captivated by the states.
The aldermanic letter does not alarm for absolution bodies with federal afterlife sentences, but instead asks that their sentences be commuted and ceremony be resentenced. The letter additionally includes a tacit acceptance that if bodies abide on federal afterlife row with their sentences intact, a approaching admiral who supports the afterlife amends could resume executions, abundant as Trump did afterwards demography office.
“By appliance your charity power,” they wrote, “you can ensure that there would be no one larboard on afterlife row to kill.”
By: Mark Berman
2:55 PM: GOP congresswoman introduces legislation to prohibit Biden’s federal affectation mandate
Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) has alien legislation that would prohibit a affectation authorization on federal acreage “or while traveling in artery commerce,” a move that seeks to disengage the controlling orders Biden alive in his aboriginal canicule in office.
Throughout the communicable and while on the advance trail, Biden encouraged Americans to abrasion masks to cut bottomward on the advance of the coronavirus and lamented that accomplishing so had become politicized. Added than 411,000 bodies acquire died of the coronavirus in the country aback the alpha of the pandemic.
On his aboriginal day in office, Biden alive an controlling adjustment mandating mask-wearing on federal property. The abutting day, he alive addition adjustment acute masks in airports and on abounding modes of busline — including planes, trains, ships and intercity buses — aural the banned of his controlling powers.
The bill is not acceptable to go actual far, accustomed the Democratic majority in the House. The bill additionally has no co-sponsors.
Boebert, adopted in November, campaigned on the affiance she would backpack her Glock in Washington and at the U.S. Capitol and has aback banned to accede with new aegis measures put in abode at the Capitol afterwards the baleful Jan. 6 riot.
By: Amy B Wang
2:36 PM: Jill Biden visits bloom clinic, drops in on Civic Guard troops on Capitol Hill
First adult Jill Biden paid a appointment Friday to Whitman-Walker Health, a dispensary in Washington with a history of confined LGBTQ communities, and afresh chock-full at the U.S. Capitol, breadth she batten with Civic Guard troops briefly stationed there.
The White House said in a accounting description that the cruise to the bloom dispensary was advised “to highlight and advance abutment casework for blight patients and caregivers, as able-bodied as apprehend about the appulse of COVID-19 on acceptance to bloom care, including blight screenings and blockage efforts.”
Biden was greeted by Naseema Shafi, arch controlling of Whitman-Walker Health, at the alpha of a bout that concluded with the aboriginal adult arising to acclaim on the artery afore her celebration departed.
Before branch aback to the White House, Biden chock-full on Capitol Hill, breadth she batten to Civic Guard admiral and troops.
Biden thanked them for absorption her ancestors and said the Bidens were a Guard family, invoking the anamnesis of Admiral Biden’s son Beau.
“The Civic Guard will consistently authority a appropriate abode in the hearts of all the Bidens,” she said.
By: John Wagner
2:10 PM: Biden charcoal adjoin to eliminating filibuster, columnist secretary says
President Biden charcoal adjoin to eliminating the delay for legislation in the Senate, White House columnist secretary Jen Psaki said during a account appointment Friday.
The affair has appear to the ahead during negotiations amid Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Boyhood Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over acclimation the chamber, which is analogously disconnected amid Democrats and Republicans.
McConnell is insisting that Democrats accomplish to befitting the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to move advanced on best legislation.
“His position hasn’t changed,” Psaki said of Biden, a above agent from Delaware. “He opposes abolishment a aldermanic filibuster. He has appear to this abounding times. His position has not changed.”
By: John Wagner
2:01 PM: Biden calls for blackmail appraisal of calm abandon extremism, columnist secretary says
Psaki says administering will booty action adjoin ‘domestic agitated extremism’ afterwards Capitol riot
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The White House appear Friday that Biden is allotment “a absolute blackmail assessment” on calm agitated abandonment as allotment of the White House’s acknowledgment to the Jan. 6 takeover of the Capitol by a agitated pro-Trump mob.
“The president’s acknowledgment to calm agitated extremism, the January 6th advance on the Capitol and the adverse deaths and abolition that occurred underscored what we acquire continued known: The acceleration of calm agitated abandonment is a austere and growing civic aegis threat,” White House columnist secretary Jen Psaki said during a White House briefing. “The Biden administering will accost this blackmail with the all-important assets and resolve.”
Psaki said Biden has asked the appointment of the administrator of civic intelligence to conduct a assay of threats in allocation with the FBI and Administering of Homeland Security.
“The key point actuality is that we appetite fact-based assay aloft which we can actualization policy,” Psaki said.
She said that the Civic Aegis Council would additionally conduct a action assay on how government can bigger allotment advice about calm threats, and that there will be added allocation amid “relevant genitalia of the federal government” on how to advance efforts.
By: John Wagner
1:59 PM: Bemittened Bernie: The meme that rang about the world
The presidential commencement allowable the world’s absorption afterwards the best anarchic alteration of ability in the United States in alive memory. So did a brace of bootleg mittens on a bespectacled man awash in a chair.
The angel of above Democratic presidential adversary Bernie Sanders, the Absolute agent from Vermont, arranged up, bemittened, hardly slouching and socially distanced with his legs and accoutrements beyond and eyes downcast, coiled into a blemish viral abnormality afterwards Admiral Biden’s commencement alfresco the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
From the United States to Argentina to Iran, the angel proliferated through the far corners of the Internet in an ever-expanding arrangement of jokes.
Washington-based columnist Brendan Smialowski airtight the now-iconic shot. It stood in brusque adverse to the added visuals of the day: a arrangement of U.S. politicians and celebrities dressed up in artist connected outfits, reaffirming the virtues of U.S. capitalism afterwards a agitated four years.
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By: Miriam Berger
1:54 PM: Murkowski says she has ‘absolutely no desire’ to become a Democrat
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters Friday that she has “absolutely no desire” to become a Democrat admitting her ache over how abundant admission above admiral Donald Trump has wielded over her party.
“I can be actual beat at times with things that go on in my own caucus, in my own party,” Murkowski said at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. “But I acquire actually no admiration to move over to the Democratic ancillary of the aisle. I can’t be somebody that I’m not.”
“As affectionate of aimless as things may be on the Republican side, there’s no way you can allocution me into action over to the added side, that’s not who I am,” Murkowski added.
She additionally aggregate that she did not vote for Trump in November and instead wrote in an alternative. She did not acknowledge who that was.
Murkowski said she capital “to vote affably for somebody.”
“I don’t appetite to vote for somebody that I don’t feel assured and able and acceptable in,” she said. “I don’t appetite to acquire the bottom of two evils.”
By: John Wagner and Seung Min Kim
12:47 PM: Walmart, Starbucks, Amazon and added accumulated giants move to footfall up vaccine rollout
A growing accidental of big-name companies — including Walmart, Starbucks and Microsoft — are teaming up with bounded governments and medical providers to get coronavirus shots in added people’s arms.
The public-private efforts appear as Biden has categorical his affairs to action the virus that has asleep added than 400,000 Americans, and they accommodate a ambition to administrate 100 actor vaccines in the aboriginal 100 canicule of his administration. Though at atomic 38 actor doses of the vaccine acquire been advertisement in the United States, aloof 2.4 actor bodies acquire been absolutely vaccinated, according to abstracts tracked by The Washington Post.
The aboriginal stages of vaccine administering beneath the Trump administering were credible by abashing and miscommunication. Poor allocation amid the federal government and states created shortages in some regions, while astringent bottlenecks larboard others hasty to bear doses afore they expired.
Now, as vaccines abide adamantine to get and the communicable continues to counterbalance on the economy, accumulated giants are borer their logistical and abstruse assets to advice fast clue vaccinations to their communities.
Walmart, the world’s better retailer, has been advancing to action the vaccine at its 5,000 U.S. locations. Starting this week, the banker is authoritative inoculations accessible through its aliment in seven states, additional Chicago and Puerto Rico. Walmart said it expects to bear 10 actor to 13 actor doses a month, “when accumulation and allocations allow,” through its pharmacies and contest in underserved communities.
“With 150 actor bodies casual through our doors ceremony week, we’re in a different position to ability bodies breadth they already shop,” the aggregation said Friday in a account release.
This week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee appear a public-private affiliation with Starbucks, Microsoft, Costco and added acquaintance brands to bear vaccines in the accompaniment “as finer and calmly as possible.” Meanwhile, Amazon is partnering with a Seattle hospital to authority its aboriginal pop-up dispensary this weekend, with a ambition of administering 2,000 vaccines to the public. (Amazon arch controlling Jeff Bezos additionally owns The Washington Post.)
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By: Taylor Telford
12:22 PM: Biden marks Roe v. Wade ceremony by advocating allocation of aborticide protections in federal law
Biden on Friday acclimated the breach of the 48th ceremony of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court cardinal to apostle codifying aborticide protections in federal law and accomplish to appointing federal lath who “respect” the battleground decision.
“In the accomplished four years, changeable health, including the appropriate to choose, has been beneath adamant and acute attack,” Biden and Carnality Admiral Harris said in a collective statement. “We are acutely committed to authoritative abiding anybody has acceptance to affliction — including changeable bloom affliction — behindhand of income, race, zip code, bloom allowance status, or allowance status. The Biden-Harris Administering is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing lath that account basal precedents like Roe.”
In the statement, Biden and Harris additionally apprenticed to seek to acceptance admission to contraception and ensure acceptance to bloom affliction added broadly.
By: John Wagner
11:55 AM: Schumer says commodity of allegation adjoin Trump will be delivered to Senate on Monday
Schumer outlines timeline for Trump allegation in Senate
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Schumer said Friday that Pelosi will bear the commodity of allegation adjoin Trump on Monday, allowance the way for the alpha of Trump’s added allegation trial.
“It will be a abounding trial; it will be a fair trial,” Schumer said during animadversion on the Senate floor. Anon afterwards his comments, Pelosi appear a account acknowledging the timing.
The House accusable Trump on a distinct commodity of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the Jan. 6 takeover of the Capitol by a agitated pro-Trump mob.
“Make no mistake, there will be a trial, and aback that balloon ends, senators will acquire to adjudge if they accept Donald John Trump incited the coup adjoin the United States,” Schumer said.
Schumer pushed aback on arguments by some Republicans that a balloon of a admiral who has already larboard appointment would be unconstitutional. Democrats are gluttonous to captive Trump and bar him from captivation federal appointment again.
“It makes no faculty whatsoever that a admiral or any official could accomplish a abhorrent abomination adjoin our country, and afresh be acceptable to resign, so as to abstain accountability and a vote to abase them from approaching office,” Schumer said. “Makes no sense.”
Senate Boyhood Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had argued for dabbling a balloon until abutting month, common his objections to affective quickly.
“We charge a abounding and fair action breadth the above admiral can arise a aegis and the Senate can appropriately accede the factual, acknowledged and built-in questions at stake,” he said.
In her statement, Pelosi said: “We are admiring of the Senate’s built-in ability over the balloon and consistently alert to the artlessness of the process, acquainted that the above admiral will acquire had the aforementioned bulk of time to adapt for balloon as our managers. Our managers are accessible to activate to accomplish their case to 100 Senate jurors through the balloon process.”
Mike DeBonis and Paul Kane contributed to this report.
By: John Wagner
11:51 AM: FEMA would accomplish up to 100 federally run accumulation anesthetic sites beneath Biden plan
As abounding as 100 sites run by the Federal Emergency Management Bureau could activate alms coronavirus vaccines aural the abutting month, allotment of a action that would badly aggrandize the federal government’s role in the accomplishment to acceptance the pandemic.
The plan, appear by Biden on his aboriginal day in office, is demography actualization in the anatomy of a abstract “Concept of Operations,” which was acquired by The Washington Post. The certificate envisions FEMA, which ahead had a added piecemeal role in communicable response, absolutely unleashed.
Its mission will be to “provide federal abutment to absolute or new association anesthetic centers and adaptable clinics beyond the country.”
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By: Isaac Stanley-Becker
11:32 AM: Best Americans amount vaccine administering as ‘fair’ or ‘poor,’ poll finds
Just over a ages afterwards the barrage of a massive coronavirus vaccine campaign, best Americans criticize both the federal government and their own states for the way they acquire handled distribution, according to a poll by the Kaiser Ancestors Foundation.
The civic KFF poll begin 65 percent of Americans adage the federal government is accomplishing a fair or poor job distributing coronavirus vaccines to states, with 60 percent appraisement their own accompaniment government abnormally for distributing coronavirus vaccines. Almost 3 in 10 rated federal and accompaniment governments as “excellent” or “good.”
Views of the federal government alter forth accessory lines, with abrogating ratings peaking at almost 8 in 10 Democrats, unsurprising accustomed the group’s boundless disapproval of Admiral Donald Trump. But reviews amid Republicans were not glowing, with 43 percent appraisement federal administering efforts positively, compared with 46 percent who gave it abrogating marks.
The KFF poll additionally begin Americans feel apprenticed about who can get vaccinated and how to do so. A 60 percent majority said they do not acquire abundant advice about aback bodies like them will be able to get the coronavirus vaccine, and 55 percent said they feel apprenticed about breadth they will get a vaccine.
Confusion is alike academy amid bodies ages 75 and older, a accumulation that is currently acceptable to get vaccinated in added than 30 states and the District of Columbia, according to KFF. Two-thirds of Americans ages 75 and earlier (66 percent) said they do not acquire abundant advice on breadth they will be able to get a coronavirus vaccine, a academy akin of ambiguity than amid the accessible all-embracing (55 percent).
The KFF Covid-19 Vaccine Monitor poll was conducted Jan. 11 to 18 amid a accidental civic sample of 1,563 adults on cellphones and landlines. All-embracing after-effects acquire a allowance of absurdity of additional or bare three allotment points.
Emily Guskin contributed to this report.
By: Scott Clement
11:17 AM: Lloyd Austin accepted by Senate to advance Pentagon in the Biden administration, acceptable the nation’s aboriginal Black aegis secretary
The Senate on Friday voted 93 to 2 to affirm Lloyd Austin to advance the Pentagon in the Biden administration, authoritative him the nation’s aboriginal Black aegis secretary.
Austin, who retired as a four-star Army accepted in 2016, served as arch of U.S. Central Command and ahead was administrator of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Before the vote, Schumer acclaimed the celebrated attributes of Austin’s confirmation, calling it “a able attribute of the assortment and history of America’s armed forces.”
“I accept he will be an outstanding secretary of aegis for anybody at the Pentagon,” Schumer said. “Lloyd Austin is the appropriate being for the job.”
Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) were the abandoned two senators to vote adjoin the nomination.
“It’s an account and a advantage to serve as our country’s 28th Secretary of Defense, and I’m abnormally appreciative to be the aboriginal African American to authority the position,” Austin tweeted anon afterwards the vote. “Let’s get to work.”
Congress accepted a abandonment Thursday to a aphorism acute above uniformed aggressive cadre to be seven years removed from alive account afore they can become aegis secretary.
The House accustomed the abandonment first, with a vote of 326 to 78 — apery able bipartisan support, admitting the actuality that several House Democrats and an official House Republican action accumulation had adjoin the waiver. The Senate followed clothing about an hour later, abetment the abandonment by a vote of 69 to 27.
By: John Wagner and Karoun Demirjian
9:55 AM: Justice Dept. babysitter to appraise brusque abandonment of Atlanta U.S. advocate whom Trump appeared to criticize
The Justice Administering ambassador accepted has amorphous analytical the brusque abandonment this ages of the U.S. advocate in Atlanta afterwards Trump complained that admiral in Georgia were not accomplishing abundant to acquisition acclamation fraud, according to bodies accustomed with the matter.
The analysis into the brusque abandonment of Byung J. “BJay” Pak by Ambassador Accepted Michael Horowitz appears to be in its aboriginal stages. Investigators acquire not yet talked to Pak, and it is cryptic how ample their analysis will be, the bodies accustomed with the bulk said. Like others, they batten on the action of anonymity to altercate an advancing probe.
Pak accidentally appear on Jan. 4 that he was dispatch bottomward that day as the U.S. advocate for the Northern District of Georgia, hasty abounding in his office. Trump afresh bypassed Pak’s top agent in selecting a acting replacement, adopting questions amid acknowledged assemblage about the achievability of political arrest in law administering work.
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By: Matt Zapotosky
9:27 AM: Advancement groups advance for Marjorie Taylor Greene’s abandonment over address that she advance falsehoods about academy shootings
Two years afore she was adopted to Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene hopped on Facebook to acknowledge to a animadversion falsely claiming that the Parkland, Fla., academy cutting was staged, according to screenshots acquaint by Media Matters for America, a advanced media babysitter group. Instead of abnegation the apocryphal affirmation surrounding the accumulation cutting that asleep 17 people, Greene agilely agreed with the cabal theory.
“Exactly!” she wrote in response.
Those comments, forth with a cardinal of added instances unearthed this ceremony of Greene casting agnosticism on academy shootings, sparked abuse amid survivors and ancestors associates of those asleep in two of the country’s deadliest accumulation shootings. By Thursday, several advancement groups, including March for Our Lives-Parkland, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety, alleged for Greene (R-Ga.) to accord up her bench in the House of Representatives.
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By: Andrea Salcedo
8:54 AM: Responding to critics, Psaki says administering is ‘not packing our bags’ at 100 actor vaccine shots
White House defends Biden’s plan for 100 actor vaccinations in 100 days
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White House columnist secretary Jen Psaki on Friday dedicated Biden’s acceding on giving 100 actor vaccine shots to Americans in his aboriginal 100 canicule in office, responding to critics who acquire said the ambition is not aggressive enough.
“We’re not packing our accoutrements at 100 actor shots in the accoutrements of Americans, but we appetite to accomplish abiding bodies apperceive that we’re action to authority ourselves answerable and do aggregate to accomplish abiding we’re accepting as abounding vaccinated as possible,” Psaki said during an actualization on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Biden common his goal, set in December and accounting into a new plan, during a White House actualization on Thursday.
But The Washington Post’s tracking of vaccinations shows that the clip bare to accommodated the ambition — 1 actor doses administered per day — was already accomplished Thursday and four added times in the antecedent 10 days.
Biden was asked by a anchorman at the Thursday accident if the anesthetic ambition is “high enough,” accustomed “that’s basically breadth the U.S. is appropriate now.”
“When I appear it, you all said it wasn’t possible. Appear on, accord me a break, man,” Biden replied. “It’s a acceptable start, 100 million.”
Amy Goldstein contributed to this report.
By: John Wagner
8:39 AM: At Voice of America, a across-the-board adjournment of Trump admiral on Biden’s aboriginal abounding day
Biden confused apace to adios top managers loyal to above admiral Donald Trump who had been abhorrent for contempo agitation at the federal government’s arrangement of all-embracing account organizations, including the better and best affecting one, the Voice of America.
Only hours afterwards he was inaugurated, Biden afflicted out Michael Pack, the arguable arch of the bureau that oversees VOA and four added networks that advertisement account to millions of bodies abroad. This was followed, domino-like, on Thursday by the abatement of VOA’s administrator and agent administrator afterwards abandoned a few weeks on the job.
In accomplishing so, Biden appears to be putting the brakes on what critics said was an accomplishment by the Trump administering to about-face the account agencies into mouthpieces for Trump’s angle and policies.
The federal government spends $637 actor annually to abutment the bristles account networks — VOA, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Middle East Broadcasting, the Appointment of Cuba Broadcasting and Radio Free Asia. The agencies were accustomed by Congress as an addendum of American “soft power,” although the account and annotation they aftermath are by adjustment absolute of government or political control.
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By: Paul Farhi
8:16 AM: Analysis: Biden removes Trump’s ‘1776 Report’ on U.S. history from White House website
Well, that didn’t booty long: A address on U.S. history appear by the Trump administering on Monday was removed from the White House website by Biden a few canicule afterwards — and he disbanded the new bureau that wrote it.
“The 1776 Report” was appear on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and anon lambasted by historians as racist and apocryphal for abounding of its statements, including its aegis of slaveholding Founding Fathers and of the Three-Fifths Compromise, which at the 1787 Built-in Convention accustomed enslavers to calculation their apprenticed bodies as three-fifths of a being for free representation in the House of Representative as able-bodied as for taxation purposes.
It additionally likened American progressives to European fascists and arguable that the civilian rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. had devolved into “identity politics.”
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By: Valerie Strauss
7:48 AM: Analysis: Biden’s aboriginal ceremony embraces controlling action on accompanying crises of coronavirus, economy
We started the ceremony with a admiral who, still affronted about his acclamation accident and added impeachment, had abundantly abolished from accessible appearance and all but accustomed up on administering as the country grapples with the coronavirus communicable and the U.S. economy.
We’re catastrophe the ceremony with a admiral who has raced to appearance the American accessible that he is affronted the accompanying crises with the abounding ability of the admiral and the federal government.
The assault of action during Biden’s aboriginal canicule comes afterwards months of planning to barrage what he alleged “a wartime undertaking”: With added than 408,000 Americans dead, Biden accustomed the use of the Aegis Production Act to acceptance efforts to action the communicable and advance vaccine distribution.
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By: Jacqueline Alemany
7:18 AM: Fauci says Trump administration’s abridgement of artlessness on virus ‘very acceptable did’ amount lives
Anthony S. Fauci, Biden’s arch medical adviser on the coronavirus, said Friday that the Trump administration’s abridgement of artlessness on the communicable “very acceptable did” amount lives over the accomplished year.
Appearing on CNN, Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease official, was apprenticed by ballast John Berman on whether “the abridgement of candor, the abridgement of facts in some cases” contributed to the afterlife assessment in the United States.
“You know, it actual acceptable did,” Fauci responded. “I don’t appetite that, John, to be a complete bite, but I anticipate if you aloof attending at that, you can see aback you’re starting to go bottomward paths that are not based on any science at all … that is not accessible at all.”
“When you alpha talking about things that accomplish no faculty medically and no faculty scientifically, that acutely is not helpful,” Fauci added.
Fauci has fabricated no abstruse that he is happier confined beneath Biden than Trump, who accustomed to amusement him and appropriate his job was at risk. During a White House appointment on Thursday, Fauci said he begin it “somewhat of a liberating feeling” to be allotment of an administering that welcomes candor.
“There’s no secret. We’ve had a lot of divisiveness; we’ve had facts that were very, actual clear, that were questioned,” Fauci said Friday on CNN. “People were not dupe what bloom admiral were saying. There was abundant divisiveness. Masking became a political issue.”
Fauci said Biden has fabricated bright that “it’s got to be science that is active what we’re doing.”
By: John Wagner
6:55 AM: Biden to focus on the economy, with animadversion on his administration’s acknowledgment to the ‘crisis’
Biden affairs to focus on the abridgement Friday, with animadversion on his administration’s “response to the bread-and-butter crisis” in which he is accepted to acclaim some new controlling orders and columnist Congress to canyon a broader abatement bill.
The afternoon accident in the Accompaniment Dining Room of the White House will chase a cafeteria with Carnality Admiral Harris and a appointment for both on the cachet of the bread-and-butter recovery, according to the White House.
Later Friday, Harris affairs to authority a basic affair with Civic Bread-and-butter Council Administrator Brian Deese and a accumulation of small-business owners afflicted by the communicable to altercate the administration’s response.
White House columnist secretary Jen Psaki additionally affairs to authority a appointment Friday, her third in as abounding days. That represents a breach with the Trump White House, breadth briefings were far added sporadic.
By: John Wagner
6:45 AM: Biden to acceptance federal aliment allowances amid controlling accomplishments aimed at stabilizing economy
Biden is accepted on Friday to decidedly acceptance federal aliment abetment for millions of athirst families amid controlling accomplishments advised to balance a breakable abridgement advised bottomward by the affronted coronavirus pandemic.
Biden is allurement the Administering of Agriculture to acquiesce states to acceptance Supplemental Diet Abetment Affairs (SNAP) allowances — frequently accepted as aliment stamps — and to acceptance by 15 percent allowances awarded through academy commons affairs for low-income acceptance started during the pandemic, according to Biden administering officials. That could accord a ancestors of three accouchement added than $100 in added allowances every two months, admiral said.
A abstracted unilateral move aims to advice get ahead accustomed bang checks into the calmly of Americans who haven’t accustomed them yet. And addition would ask the Action Administering to accomplish bright that workers who debris to acknowledgment to alive altitude that could betrayal them to the coronavirus should be acceptable for unemployment insurance.
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By: Jeff Stein and Laura Reiley
6:28 AM: Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland sets off metal detector while accustomed gun abreast House chamber
The U.S. Capitol Police administering has launched an analysis afterwards Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) set off a magnetometer abreast the House alcove while accustomed a buried gun Thursday afternoon, according to a Hill staffer with ability of the incident.
Harris set off the magnetometer — installed afterwards the baleful Jan. 6 anarchism at the Capitol — as he was on his way to the chamber, arch aegis to pat him down, said the staffer, who batten on the action of anonymity because he was not accustomed to allege about the incident.
“One aegis official present saw a firearm on the being of Rep. Harris and relayed that to his superiors,” the staffer said in a argument message. “To be clear, Harris did not access the Floor.”
Eva Malecki, a backer for the Capitol Police, said the bureau is “investigating the matter” but beneath to elaborate, adage she could not altercate an advancing investigation.
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By: Meagan Flynn
6:26 AM: Biden calls for LGBTQ protections in controlling order, angering conservatives
On his aboriginal day in office, Biden issued a across-the-board controlling adjustment authoritative it bright that gay and transgender bodies are adequate adjoin bigotry in schools, bloom care, the abode and added realms of American life.
The controlling adjustment outlines a ample estimation of aftermost year’s battleground Supreme Court cardinal that gay and transgender advisers are covered by Title VII of the Civilian Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits bigotry “because of sex.” The Trump administering interpreted that accommodation in Bostock v. Clayton County almost as applying abandoned to employment.
Biden’s adjustment calls on agencies beyond the federal government to assay absolute regulations and behavior that prohibit sex discrimination, and to alter them as all-important to analyze that “sex” includes animal acclimatization and gender identity.
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By: Samantha Schmidt, Emily Wax-Thibodeaux and Moriah Balingit
6:21 AM: Trump accomplish out of the White House and into a aggregation in crisis
Trump allotment to his aggregation this ceremony as it faces a deepening crisis, with key backdrop bleeding acquirement and its bankers, attorneys and barter beat the company.
Financial acknowledgment forms, filed by Trump as he larboard office, appear that his hotels, resorts and added backdrop absent added than $120 actor in acquirement aftermost year, as the communicable afflicted abiding closures and kept barter home.
Those losses were affliction in the places breadth Trump could atomic acquiesce it: His Washington hotel, which has a $170 actor accommodation outstanding, saw acquirement bead added than 60 percent. His Doral resort in Miami — additionally accustomed a huge debt amount — saw a 44 percent drop.
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By: David A. Fahrenthold and Jonathan O’Connell
6:18 AM: Scores of Civic Guard associates abandoned to Senate parking garage, soldiers say
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Scores of Civic Guard associates were afflicted out of a U.S. Capitol cafeteria comatose breadth and into a parking barn nearby, putting them in abutting abode with affective cars, bankrupt effluvium and troops potentially adulterated with the coronavirus, two soldiers told The Washington Post.
The brusque alteration came Thursday afternoon with no explanation, the soldiers said. Images of Civic Guard associates sleeping on accurate sparked abuse and an credible changeabout afterwards Thursday night, as assembly said the account associates would be confused aback to the Capitol.
The Guard associates acquire auberge apartment to beddy-bye in, admiral said. But soldiers are on assignment for a day or two, alive accouterment a few hours at a time and cannot calmly acknowledgment to their hotels, abounding of which are in Virginia and Maryland. So they nap wherever they can — on concrete, calm tennis courts or, if they are lucky, on carpeted floors.
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By: Alex Horton
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