Biden will NOT mandate COVID-19 vaccines, White House confirms  

The Biden administration is not planning on imposing a vaccine mandate and will not track who has or hasn’t had the shots, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a Friday briefing.  However businesses and institutions like colleges and universities can, Psaki added.  ‘Private sector companies may decide that they want to have requirements. […]

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson could lay out terms of UK’s public Covid inquiry today

Boris Johnson could lay out plans for a judge-led public inquiry into the UK’s coronavirus response in a speech today. The Government’s handling of the pandemic will be scrutinised in a ‘full, proper public inquiry’ that will drill into what was done and when, and what went wrong. The PM reportedly had a meeting of […]

English fans should be BANNED from travelling to the Champions League final in Istanbul, insists MP

Fury has erupted over plans for up to 8,000 English football fans to get tickets to the Champions League final in Turkey this month as UEFA will try to host the match in front of a stadium of thousands despite the country’s Covid outbreak. Manchester City and Chelsea will receive up to 4,000 tickets each for […]

Dr Fauci predicts a ‘significant drop’ in Covid cases as US nears 40% of its population vaccinated

Dr Anthony Fauci is finally giving Americans some good news. America’s top infectious disease doctor predicts a ‘a real change, the start of a precipitous drop’ in new daily COVID-19 infections now that the share of U.S. adults vaccinated against the virus is nearly 40 percent.  ‘When you do that, that’s when people are going […]

NHS ‘sleepwalking into cancer disaster’ with tens of thousands missing a diagnosis due to pandemic

NHS is ‘sleepwalking into cancer disaster’ with tens of thousands missing a diagnosis due to pandemic disruption, experts warn A coalition of charities, MPs and Royal Colleges are demanding funding increase They say government investment is needed to tackle backlog of cancer patients 370,000 fewer people saw a specialist since the pandemic than the year […]

Covid US: Cases continue to hover around 70k per day as 33 states report increases

The number of Americans being diagnosed with COVID-19 continues to hover around 70,000 a day amid fears reopening measures are fueling infections, and concerns that vaccinations are not being administered quickly enough to lower case numbers.   On Thursday, the U.S. recorded 74,289 new cases of COVID-19 with a seven-day rolling average of 70,484, which marks […]

Arizona drops all COVID restrictions and opens vaccines to people 16 and up

Arizona is dropping all of its remaining restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and opening vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older, Governor Doug Ducey said.  ‘In Arizona, we never did a shutdown, so it’s impossible to have a grand reopening,’ he said.  ‘Instead, we are continuing to take reasonable, safe and sensible […]

Andrew Cuomo: New York governor faces new allegations that threaten his political future

The new sexual harassment allegation emerged Saturday evening in an article in the New York Times. Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former executive assistant and health policy adviser to Cuomo, told the newspaper that during one of several uncomfortable encounters, Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life during a conversation in his State Capitol office […]

New York Times: Second former aide accuses Cuomo of sexual harassment

The former aide, Charlotte Bennett, alleges that Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life, whether she had monogamous relationships and if she ever had sex with older men, according to the Times. Bennett told the newspaper that the alleged incidents happened late last spring, during the height of the state’s fight against the coronavirus. […]

Ron Klain emerges as a force behind the scenes — and on Twitter

A month into the job, he is facing the most significant blowback of his tenure after pushing for a controversial friend to lead Biden’s budget office without consulting first with key senators, leading to questions about overconfidence in dealing with an evenly divided Senate. Central figure Since the moment Klain was selected to serve as […]

Fight for transgender right has key week on Capitol Hill

It’s unclear if the Equality Act has any path in the Senate. But that uncertainty doesn’t diminish the bill’s significance. The Equality Act would expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act and prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and other services as well as in access to public accommodations. Crucially, […]

Questions grow about discrimination’s role in the hurdles Biden’s nominees are facing

It’s not yet possible to make hard data comparisons with past administrations, in part because the confirmation process is ongoing and in part because Biden’s picks have been more diverse overall. But there is a growing sense of frustration about the obstacles that some of these nominees are facing. “The principle here is — is […]

More than a dozen Republicans tell House they can’t attend votes due to ‘public health emergency.’ They’re slated to be at CPAC.

But those members are actually expected to be in Orlando and listed as speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual meeting aimed at energizing conservative activists and boosting their own profiles. The members include Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who addressed the conference on Friday, as well as others who were listed as scheduled […]

Nancy Pelosi’s first months of the new Congress: ‘Captain of a ship in uncharted waters’

It’s a sign of Democrats’ willingness to back the President on his first big legislative push and a reflection of Pelosi’s firm hold on the caucus that may prove her most challenging yet. In her fourth term as speaker, Pelosi is managing the slimmest majority in her tenure, a challenge even for a seasoned leader […]

Why hasn’t Biden given up on Neera Tanden yet?

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D) announcement last Saturday that he would not support Tanden for the role set off a series of announcements — mostly from Republicans thought to be on the fence — that they would oppose her nomination as well. And the two Senate committees — led by Democrats — with oversight […]

The week in 43 photos

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

Senate parliamentarian rules against including minimum wage in Covid relief bill

While Democrats had pushed for the increase to be included, its removal may actually make it easier to pass the bill, senior Democratic sources believe, because it’ll avoid a messy fight over whether to strip it out of the bill and whether to compromise. The increase is still likely to be included in the House […]

Republicans react to 2020 defeats by trying to make it harder to vote (Opinion)

According to the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and election officials of both parties, the 2020 election was the most secure and well-run election ever. There was record turnout and zero evidence of massive voter fraud. States made it easier to vote while also ensuring that valuable integrity measures were in place. So, […]

The next Republican civil war: a fight over earmarks

The GOP conference is deeply divided along ideological and even generational lines with fiscal conservatives arguing the practice of sending money directly to certain districts and projects has been grossly abused and represents the worst of Washington. Meanwhile, longer-serving members and appropriators support the practice and recall the benefits of driving pork back home. “The […]

Andrew Cuomo denies former aide’s sexual harassment allegations

Lindsey Boylan alleged that in 2018, the Democratic governor kissed her on the lips following a one-on-one briefing in his New York City office. “As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips,” Boylan wrote, describing the encounter. “I was […]

Arizona Republicans propose giving lawmakers — not election officials — final review of election results

The effort by GOP legislators in battleground states to drastically change voting laws comes after last year’s elections saw record numbers of early and mail-in voters, many of them Democrats, after rules were relaxed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The high numbers triggered baseless claims of fraud by then-President Donald Trump and other Republicans that […]

Stimulus bill: When will Congress pass Covid relief?

What’s riding on this negotiation is the $1,400 stimulus checks proposed by Biden even before he took office, as well as that extra federal unemployment money. Democrats have said they will get a bill signed by mid-March. But getting the proposal — proposals, really, since there will be different versions between the House, Senate and […]

Democratic women poised to shake up male-dominated industry with new political media firm

Political consulting is still a male-dominated world, and that’s particularly true for ad making. The number of female-owned TV ad firms, on both sides of the aisle, can practically be counted on one hand. That’s beginning to change, though, with a notable shift even since the 2020 elections. “It’s a moment for us,” Myers said, […]

Pentagon report reveals details about White supremacists in the ranks

It details an instance of a former National Guardsman who is a member of a dangerous neo-Nazi group bragging about openly discussing extremist views while serving and separately describes service members describing how they recognize fellow White supremacists by their fascist tattoos and T-shirt logos. While the report, commissioned by Congress and dated October 2020, […]

Florida Senate: Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy considers bid against Marco Rubio

Murphy, co-chair of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats, hopes that by emphasizing a bipartisan background she can appeal to a state that has elected Republicans to the Senate in 2016 and 2018 and twice supported former President Donald Trump. Murphy has hired Lauren Calmet, the former political director of the Florida Democratic […]

Miscalculating Sinema and Manchin could end up costing Biden

“DANGEROUS CREATURE,” the Arizona Democrat’s sweater blared in all-capital letters. Tanden’s nomination was already on life support after Manchin said he would not support her, citing old tweets she wrote that disparaged members of both parties. And like Sinema, the West Virginia Democrat also says he opposes the increase in the minimum wage. The outsized […]

Would progressives support Covid relief package if minimum wage is taken out? Depends on how

Although the decision about the minimum wage will most likely not be made before the House votes on the full Covid package on Friday, if the parliamentarian ultimately rules that a $15 pay minimum has to be removed, the bill would likely go back to the House and face another vote, forcing progressives to come […]

Democrats’ struggles to stay united on Covid relief package are just beginning

In a normal Senate where there were a few votes to spare, one member wouldn’t have so much power. But, if you have watched closely, you’ve seen the wave that a single senator’s comments can bring when they talk about what they can support in a bill or in a nominee. Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema […]

Democrats now at odds over whether to immediately seek postmaster general’s ouster

Changes made to the Postal Service under DeJoy, the US postmaster general and major donor to former President Donald Trump, sparked outrage last year when critics blamed him for the slowdown of mail delivery ahead of the critical November election. Democrats linked DeJoy to Trump’s anti-mail-in voting rhetoric and accused him of attempting to sabotage […]

Neera Tanden: Key committee votes postponed in troubling sign for Tanden nomination

Senators want more time to consider the nomination, an official on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee who is familiar with the matter tells CNN. A senior aide on the other panel, the Senate Budget Committee, told CNN its hearing also was postponed and that Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses […]

Congress rocked by consequential battles that will shape Biden’s presidency

After four years of politics by tweeted decree, normal service is resuming inside the Beltway in all its brutal, hypocritical, and high-stakes glory as everyone with power tries to wield it to set the tone for the coming years. The White House is standing firm behind Neera Tanden, its pick for budget director, though her […]

Takeaways from the Senate hearing on the US Capitol attack

Lawmakers grilled former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving and former Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael C. Stenger, who all resigned after the attack. Also testifying was Michael Contee, the acting chief of local police in Washington DC. Here are five takeaways from the Senate hearing. One of the most stunning revelations […]

Pence speaks highly of Trump in meeting and plans to launch a political group

Rep. Jim Banks, an Indiana Republican who chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee, told CNN that a group of members met at Pence’s transition office in the Washington area on Tuesday afternoon, talking about the way forward for their party while also touting the accomplishments of the past. Pence harbored no ill will towards Trump […]

Republicans begin new push against Biden’s Covid-19 relief plan 

Sen. John Thune speaks during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call/AP Images Republican leaders in both chambers are maneuvering to keep all of their members in line against the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan, a move that would deny President Biden a bipartisan victory and one […]

Senate confirms Tom Vilsack to serve again as agriculture secretary

The vote was 92-7. Vilsack, 70, will now be tasked with helping farmers hard hit by former President Donald Trump’s trade wars and the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened thousands of workers at meatpacking plants. During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Vilsack made clear the challenges facing the Department of Agriculture are different than […]

Shalanda Young emerging as a top contender to lead OMB with Neera Tanden’s nomination on the rocks

Young, who was the first Black woman to serve as the staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, has strong relationships on Capitol Hill — “with Republicans and Democrats alike,” the official said. She played a key role in recent budget negotiations, working with GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama and other Republicans. Young also […]

The immigration debate has a blind spot

“Without immigration it becomes increasingly impossible to sustain entitlements, much less a functioning health care system, or a local tax base in rural and suburban cities and communities across the country,” says Ali Noorani, president of the National Immigration Forum, a centrist immigration advocacy group. After Trump sought to slash legal immigration through legislative and […]

Mounting confirmation battle sends warning sign to Biden

Growing intrigue over a trio of controversial presidential picks is also underscoring the power of individual senators such as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, when the partisan balance is so evenly divided. While Biden has seen blue-chip national security selections such as Antony Blinken as secretary of state […]

6 takeaways from Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing

The chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit pledged to “fend off any effort by anyone” to politicize the investigations of the department. “I am not the President’s lawyer,” said Garland. “I am the United States’ lawyer.” Here are six takeaways from Garland’s nomination hearing. Senate Republicans pressed Garland on […]

$15 minimum wage debate: Everything you need to know

Improving worker pay is unrelated in that raising the minimum wage has long been a Democratic priority. It is completely related in that the Covid economy has hurt low wage workers — those in food service, child care and home health care, for instance, who can’t work from home — more than it’s hurt people […]

Newsom recall proponents gather more than a million signatures

Capitalizing on the frustration and anger among California Republicans and small business owners about Newsom’s restrictive stay-at-home orders last year, which were intended to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as well as the high case numbers that the state experienced over the holiday months, recall proponents say they have actually gathered 1.7 […]

AOC raises nearly $5 million in Texas relief efforts

The New York Democrat launched her fundraiser Thursday after extreme cold weather, ice and snow caused the power grid managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to fail — leading to rolling blackouts and a boil-water advisory for nearly half of Texas. The fundraiser had hit $1 million by Thursday evening. The next […]

Neera Tanden: Schumer says he is working with Biden ‘to find the extra votes’ to confirm OMB pick

“I am working with President Biden to find the extra votes so she can be passed,” he told reporters during a news conference in New York, mentioning Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who said last week he would not vote for Tanden. “I think she would be a very good OMB leader,” Schumer added. Tanden’s confirmation […]

In stimulus push, Biden calls on Republicans to heed their constituents

The friendship between Biden and Dole, the former Senate Republican leader who recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, was forged over the many years that the two men served together in the Senate. Biden often speaks with nostalgia about his working relationships with GOP leaders during that less polarizing […]

Biden visits Bob Dole following cancer diagnosis

The two had served in the Senate together and Dole is a “close friend” of the President, the White House said. Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, was one of the key Republicans to say plainly after the November election that Biden had won. “The election is over and (Joe) Biden will be president on […]

How a bad response to a weather disaster can ruin a political career

It’s obviously too early to know what if any political fallout will be suffered by Cruz or Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. What history does tell us is that how a politician responds to a natural disaster can have a major impact on his or her political standing. Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath inflicted tremendous pain on Louisiana. […]

New York nursing home Covid-19 deaths: Cuomo’s explanations don’t comfort families who lost loved ones

“Every day you think of her and you miss so much, it’s just terrible,” he told CNN at his home in Albany. Agnes Minissale died in April after contracting Covid-19 at her nursing home, Minissale said. She would have been 94 years old on Valentine’s Day. Minissale’s father-in-law, Edward Bridgeford, was in the same nursing […]

Lawmakers call Biden’s Yemen policy ‘historic shift’ in US foreign relations

In 2017, Khanna, a progressive Democrat from California, introduced a measure that came to be known as the Yemen War Powers resolution. It was intended to curtail US military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, which has created a humanitarian crisis in the country. At the time, there was very little support on Capitol […]

How Biden’s massive Covid relief bill was put on a glide path to passage

While Biden’s hope for GOP support on Capitol Hill has all but disappeared in the last several weeks, his enthusiasm for the proposal — and his view that despite its high price tag it will only serve to bolster Democrats as they remain unified — has hardly waned. “I learned based on the polling data […]

Opinion: Joe Manchin’s realism is just what the country needs

Sen. Joe Manchin, widely viewed as the most conservative Democrat in the now 50-50 US Senate, has announced he will support the budget resolution on Covid-19 relief being introduced by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders. In so doing, Manchin has laid down a marker: he is with his party at the beginning of this […]

Manchin says he’ll vote against Biden OMB nominee Neera Tanden

In a brief statement, the moderate West Virginia Democrat said that Tanden’s comments on Twitter about Republican colleagues, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, had led him to doubt she was the right fit. “I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards […]

Lindsey Graham heads to Mar-a-Lago on a peace mission as Trump’s latest intra-party feud rages

According to a person familiar with his plans, Graham plans to spend his time on the golf course with Trump — ideally convincing the former president that regaining congressional majorities for Republicans will help bolster his own presidential legacy. This person said Graham wants to be “constructive,” urging Trump to use his influence for the […]

What Matters: The power’s back on in Texas but the crisis continues

But just like mayors get in trouble when streets aren’t plowed or trash isn’t picked up, governors get blame when the state power system fails, even though the power systems operate largely on their own. Or in the case of most of Texas, entirely on its own. The government also gets the blame when it […]

The real lesson of Adam Kinzinger’s angry relatives (opinion)

And yet, after he criticized former President Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 Capitol riot and called for his removal, a very conservative contingent of Kinzinger’s family declared themselves “thoroughly disgusted,” and called him a “disappointment… to us and to God.” Maybe you’ve seen news of this unseemly family feud that the Kinzinger clan […]

Cruz travels to Cancun, Mexico, as Texans remain without power amid historic winter storm

Cruz, a Texas Republican, said in the statement he flew down for a night because his daughters “asked to take a trip with friends.” “With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying […]

Opinion: Gavin Newsom’s French Laundry scandal is no reason to toss him out

The case for recalling Newsom, a liberal Democrat, is centered on his alleged failures on Covid-19, the general state of California and Newsom’s personal foibles. It was the third category that gave initial energy to the recall effort. On November 6, 2020, Newsom attended a dinner at the French Laundry, one of California’s most famous […]

White House announces sweeping immigration bill

The legislation faces an uphill climb in a narrowly divided Congress, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has just a five-vote margin and Senate Democrats do not have the 60 Democratic votes needed to pass the measure with just their party’s support. Administration officials argued Wednesday evening that the legislation was an attempt by President Joe […]

DeSantis defends controversial vaccine deal with developer — and threatens to pull vaccines if officials don’t like it

Manatee County announced on Tuesday that Florida’s Division of Emergency Management would host a “pop-up” vaccination spot at Lakewood Ranch this week for 3,000 Manatee County residents, according to a statement from the county. The vaccines, however, would be limited to people living in only two zip codes — 34202 and 34211. Manatee County Commissioner […]

Texas power outages: Millions have no electricy as cold snap throttles energy supply

Barbara Martinez said she had been burning firewood to try to heat her suburban Houston home, which had been without power from early Sunday until Tuesday. “We got power for four hours and then it went off again and it stayed off for a few hours, came back for like two hours then went away,” […]

Why the Republican Party is poised to tear itself apart

“Mr. Trump may run again, but he won’t win another national election. He lost re-election before the events of Jan. 6, and as President his job approval never rose above 50%. He may go on a revenge campaign tour, or run as a third-party candidate, but all he will accomplish is to divide the center-right […]

Transatlantic divides after Biden win

After Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda exposed longstanding strains in US-Europe relations, Joe Biden’s victory has prompted a Franco-German row over Emmanuel Macron’s vision of “strategic autonomy” – while transatlantic tensions simmer over tech taxes and extraterritorial US law. The US president excoriated European countries’ failure to pay for its own defence in stark terms: “We […]

NYC to reopen schools, even as virus spread intensifies

by David B. Caruso and Karen Matthews West Brooklyn Community High School principal Malik Lewis, left, bumps elbows with former student Jason Cardoso after Cardoso came to pick up the diploma he earned when he graduated in March, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Cardoso, along with many West Brooklyn […]

NYC to reopen schools, even as Covid-19 pandemic intensifies

Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 19:21 New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning, and increase the number of days a week many children attend class, even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. The announcement marks a major policy reversal for the nation‘s largest school […]

Trump says he will leave the White House if US Electoral College votes for Biden

Issued on: 27/11/2020 – 00:18 U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, the closest he has come to conceding the Nov. 3 election, even as he reiterated his unfounded claims of massive voter fraud. Speaking to reporters on the Thanksgiving holiday, Republican Trump said […]

Pennsylvania certifies Biden as winner of presidential vote

Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 18:31 Democrat Joe Biden was certified Tuesday as winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, culminating three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed legal challenges by President Donald Trump. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf first disclosed in a tweet that the Department of State had certified the vote count […]

US President-elect Biden to nominate long-time adviser Blinken for secretary of state

President-elect Joe Biden is building out his administration with several key picks for national security and foreign policy roles. John Kerry, a former secretary of state, will lead the incoming administration’s effort to combat climate change. Alejandro Mayorkas will be nominated as the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Biden also plans to nominate […]

Many Americans flying for holiday despite CDC pleas

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday. So what are they doing now? In many cases, they’re still crowding airports and boarding planes. That’s despite relatively lenient cancellation policies that major airlines […]

Biden expected to pick Antony Blinken as secretary of state

Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 03:25 Veteran diplomat Antony Blinken, who served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration, is U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s most likely pick to be secretary of state, a Biden ally said on Sunday. Bloomberg cited sources as saying an announcement on […]

Motorcycle rally sparked COVID-19 cases in next state

In this Aug. 15, 2020 file photo, bikers ride down Main Street during the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D. This summer’s huge motorcycle rally in South Dakota led to dozens of coronavirus cases in neighboring Minnesota. That’s the finding of a report Friday, Nov. 20, from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

California orders nightly curfew on non-essential activities to stem Covid-19 resurgence

Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 03:23Modified: 20/11/2020 – 03:28 California’s governor on Thursday ordered a curfew placed on all indoor social gatherings and non-essential activities outside the home across most of the state in a major escalation of measures to curb an alarming surge in coronavirus infections. The limited stay-at-home restrictions will go into effect from […]

Georgia vote audit affirms Biden’s lead over Trump, election official says

Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 01:37 A top Georgia election official said Thursday that a hand tally of ballots cast in the presidential race has been completed, and that the results affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow lead over Republican President Donald Trump. The hand tally of about 5 million votes stemmed from an audit required by […]

New York City schools to close again as virus rate rises

In this Oct. 29, 2020, file photo, student Tai Nguyen, right, works on his laptop as instructor Chaya Baras, left, helps student Kenny Scottborough, 19, navigate an online lesson at West Brooklyn Community High School in New York. New York City is shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus, Mayor […]

Indians watch with a mix of pride and scepticism as Kamala Harris prepares to become US vp

Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 10:59 In India, all eyes will be on Kamala Harris when she becomes US vice president in January. FRANCE 24 traveled to her ancestral village to see what the locals think of her election. In the Southern Indian village of Thulasendrapuram, where Kamala Harris’ ancestors come from, people are filled with […]

Trump fires US cybersecurity official who dismissed claims of election fraud

President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election. Trump fired Christopher Krebs in a tweet, saying his recent statement defending the security of the election was “highly inaccurate.” While abrupt, the dismissal was hardly surprising. Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure […]

Trump orders troop cuts in Iraq and Afghanistan

Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 21:18 Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller on Tuesday announced plans to reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home even as Republicans and U.S. allies warn against a rash withdrawal.   The new plan will accelerate troop withdrawals from Iraq […]

‘More people may die’, says Biden, if Trump impedes transition

Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 22:43 President-elect Joe Biden said on Monday “more people may die” if outgoing President Donald Trump continues to block efforts to plan for a U.S. transition of power as the coronavirus pandemic worsens, and added that he would not hesitate to get vaccinated.  Biden also said business and labor leaders had […]

Oregon and New Mexico order lockdowns, other states resist

by Michelle R. Smith, Carla K. Johnson and Lisa Marie Pane The latest case counts of COVID in the US The governors of Oregon and New Mexico ordered near-lockdowns Friday in the most aggressive response yet to the latest wave of coronavirus infections shattering records across the U.S., even as many of their colleagues in […]

Biden cements US election victory, Trump hints at leaving White House

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 00:19 U.S. President-elect Joe Biden solidified his election victory on Friday when he won the state of Georgia as President Donald Trump said “time will tell” if another administration takes office soon, the closest he has come to acknowledging that Biden could succeed him. Edison Research, which made the Georgia call, also projected […]

Biden wins Arizona, flipping a longtime Republican stronghold, as Trump refuses to concede

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 06:02 President-elect Joe Biden will win the battleground state of Arizona, Edison Research projected on Thursday, dealing another blow to President Donald Trump’s struggling effort to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Biden‘s win in Arizona gives the Democrat 290 electoral votes in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner, […]

More Republicans urge Trump to allow Biden intelligence briefings

More Republican lawmakers said on Thursday the Trump administration should allow Joe Biden to receive intelligence briefings, in a tacit acknowledgement the Democrat may soon occupy the White House despite the president’s refusal to concede. Most Republican officials and lawmakers have publicly supported President Donald Trump‘s effort to overturn the election results via a series of lawsuits […]

Biden names aide Ron Klain, who led Ebola fight, as White House chief of staff

Issued on: 12/11/2020 – 03:12 U.S. President-elect Joe Biden appointed top Democratic official Ron Klain as his chief of staff and assistant to the president on Wednesday. Klain is one of Biden‘s closest confidants and first worked for the Democrat in 1989 when he was a U.S. senator. He was in charge of the Barack […]

Iran’s explanations on uranium stockpile ‘not credible’, UN nuclear watchdog says

Issued on: 11/11/2020 – 20:25Modified: 11/11/2020 – 20:27 The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that Iran’s explanations over the presence of nuclear material at an undeclared site in the country were “not credible.”  The news comes as observers watch to see whether Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election will lead to detente between […]

France’s Macron congratulates Biden in first phone call to US president-elect

Issued on: 10/11/2020 – 19:53Modified: 10/11/2020 – 20:00 French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday held his first telephone talks with Joe Biden since the Democrat was elected the next president of the United States, his Elysee Palace office said.  The talks between Biden and Macron, who sought to form a solid working relationship with outgoing […]

A look at Biden’s foreign policy agenda

US President-Elect Joe Biden’s approach to diplomacy is diametrically opposed to that of the outgoing Donald Trump, known as he was to levy undiplomatic salvos at foreign leaders via social media. But one shouldn’t expect a wholesale revamp in substance when the veteran Democrat takes office in January. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at […]

Trump admin stymies transition, orders probe into election ‘irregularities’ despite little evidence

The Trump administration threw the presidential transition into tumult on Monday, Attorney General William Barr authorizing the Justice Department to probe allegations of voter fraud and President Donald Trump firing the Pentagon chief and blocking government officials from cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden’s team. Despite little evidence of fraud, Barr signed off on investigations into […]

Trump fires US Defense Secretary Esper, names fifth Pentagon chief in four years

Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 23:42 U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he had “terminated” Defense Secretary Mark Esper, signaling he may use his final months in office after defeat at the polls to settle scores within his administration. Trump had split with Esper over a range of issues and was particularly angered by his […]

Russia, China hold off on congratulating Biden for US election win

Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 12:03Modified: 09/11/2020 – 12:12 Officials in Moscow and Beijing have declined to comment on the outcome of the US presidential election, saying they will wait for official results before congratulating the winner.  Answer a few questions to join Europe Talks and debate with another European   […]

Trump, who never admits defeat, considers how to keep up fight

President Donald Trump never admits defeat. But he faces a stark choice now that Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House: Concede graciously for the sake of the nation or don’t — and get evicted anyway. After nearly four tortured days of counting yielded a victory for Biden, Trump was still insisting the race […]

George W. Bush congratulates Biden on victory, calling him a ‘good man’

Issued on: 08/11/2020 – 20:34 Former US president George W. Bush has offered his “warm congratulations” to President-elect Joe Biden, calling the Democrat “a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.” The two-term Republican, in a statement issued by his presidential centre in Dallas, also congratulated Donald Trump for his […]

Biden promises ‘not to divide but to unify’ in his victory speech

Issued on: 08/11/2020 – 15:30 President-elect Joe Biden urged unity Saturday and promised “a new day for America” in his first national address since he won the tense US election and ended the historically turbulent and divisive era of Donald Trump. After jogging onto the outdoor stage to the music of Bruce Springsteen in his hometown […]

In the ‘battle for the soul’ of a nation, Democrat offers antidote to Trump

Joseph R. Biden Jr. surpassed the 270-vote threshold to secure the US presidency on Saturday after a grueling wait while votes in key states were counted following the November 3 election. Joe Biden had cast himself as a moderate with the experience and empathy required to offset Donald Trump’s disruptive presidency. Having battled adversity throughout a […]

Contrary to President Trump’s claims, Detroit poll challengers were NOT illegally barred from observing the polls

As the ballots for the 2020 US Presidential Election are being tabulated, President Trump has discredited, with no basis, the legitimacy of many of the votes cast. In claims on Twitter and in a televised speech on November 5, the president accused poll workers at a ballot-counting centre in Detroit, Michigan of illegally barring Republican […]

US networks interrupt Trump’s live speech over disinformation concerns

Issued on: 06/11/2020 – 10:52 Several US TV networks late Thursday halted live coverage of Donald Trump’s first public appearance since election night after concluding that the president was spreading disinformation. Trump unleashed a flood of incendiary and unsubstantiated claims in a 17-minute address, insisting that Democrats were using “illegal votes” to “steal the election […]

Biden could face a ‘Green divide’ if he wins the US election

While the US election still hangs in the balance, a win by Democrat Joe Biden comes with the promise of the US rejoining the Paris climate agreement, as he has vowed to do on his first day in office. But doing so risks widening the divide not only between disaffected Donald Trump voters who want to protect traditional jobs in oil and gas but from progressives within his […]

Biden pranë të fitojë 270 votat elektorale, Trump akoma në garë

I nominuari demokrat për president Joe Biden kryeson garën për Shtëpinë e Bardhë me 253 vota elektorale. Presidenti Donald Trump, në ato e sipër, ka 213 vota elektorale. Sipas analistit të CNN, John King, Po qe se Biden ruan epërsinë  dhe fiton në Nevada dhe Arizona, ai do të sigurojë 270 votat elektorale të nevojshme […]

The predicted ‘blue wave’ never came and America’s wounds are unwashed

The definitive Democratic “blue wave” that pollsters predicted would sweep the US 2020 elections never arrived on Tuesday night and whoever wins the White House race inherits a deeply divided nation still bruised with the wounds of the past four years. America’s “most important election ever” is over and while it’s still too early to […]

Tensions run high on US Election Day despite generally peaceful vote

Despite threats of widespread voter suppression, rampant fake news and public violence, the US Election Day on November 3 went off generally without incident. However, tensions ran high in polling booths and on the street, with voters capturing scenes of confusion, incidents of voter intimidation and scuffles with police in protests from Portland to Washington, […]

New clashes in Ivory Coast, US and African Union call for dialogue

Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 18:08 Two Ivory Coast government supporters were killed and a minister’s convoy hit by gunfire, officials said on Wednesday, as tensions build over President Alassane Ouattara’s contested reelection. Ivory Coast is caught in a standoff after Ouattara was declared victor on Tuesday, but rivals boycotted the vote and declared they would […]

Election could ‘make or break’ international climate policy as US exits Paris climate accord

Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 10:25 The United States left the Paris accord on Wednesday, becoming the first country to ever withdraw from an international climate change pact as the fate of its presidential election hangs in the balance. It may prove to be a temporary blip before Democrat Joe Biden’s administration rejoins the agreement. Otherwise, […]

A ‘quiet’ day for fake news

Allegations of “fake news” have flown thick and fast during the 2020 US election cycle, but fact-checking journalists say Election Day was “quiet”. Supporters of Donald Trump and Joe Biden continued to share photos and videos that had been manipulated or taken out of context, but their posts were not widely shared. The FRANCE 24 […]

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