Tag Archives: Biden Administration

RECORD: Nearly 5M Vax Doses Given This Weekend

Axios reports: Just over 2.4 million coronavirus vaccinations were reported to the CDC on Sunday, matching Saturday’s record-high for inoculations as seen in Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker. Why it matters: Vaccinations are ramping up again after widespread delays caused by historic winter storms. Over 75 million vaccine doses have been administered thus far, with 7.5% of the population fully vaccinated and …

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Biden Touts 50M Vax Shots, Urges Continued Caution

The Washington Post reports: President Biden commemorated the 50 millionth coronavirus vaccination shot in the United States with an event at the White House in which several people were vaccinated as Vice President Harris and Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert, looked on. But he also cautioned against complacency, urging Americans not to let down their guards. “All …

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Granholm Confirmed As Energy Secretary In 64-35 Vote

The Associated Press reports: Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be President Joe Biden’s energy secretary. The vote was 64-35. Granholm, who served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry, will be a key player in Biden’s vision for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change. …

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Biden’s UN Ambassador Confirmed In 78-20 Vote

The New York Times reports: Ms. Thomas-Greenfield’s confirmation, by a vote of 78 to 20, comes as Mr. Biden’s administration seeks to become a more active force in the United Nations after American retreat during the Trump administration. Her new position is the latest chapter in a rise that started in her birthplace of Louisiana, where she attended segregated schools …

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Biden’s USDA Nominee Confirmed, Sanders Votes “No”

Axios reports: The Senate on Tuesday voted 92-7 to confirm former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as secretary of the Department of Agriculture. The big picture: Vilsack, a longtime supporter of President Biden, is returning to the department he led for eight years under the Obama administration. He served as governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Between the lines: Sen. …

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Biden Admin To Sanction Russia For Hacking Campaign

The Washington Post reports: The Biden administration is preparing sanctions and other measures to punish Moscow for actions that go beyond the sprawling SolarWinds cyber espionage campaign to include a range of malign cyber activity and the near-fatal poisoning of a Russian opposition leader, said U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The administration is casting the SolarWinds operation, which hacked …

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Biden Admin Scraps Trump-Era Citizenship Test Changes

Reuters reports: The Biden administration confirmed Monday that it will scrap the Trump administration’s changes to the U.S. citizenship test, which made the exam longer and more difficult. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will revert back to using an exam created in 2008, the agency said in a policy alert. Immigrants must pass an English proficiency test and a civics …

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AP: Biden To Exceed 100M Shots In First 100 Days Goal

The Associated Press reports: It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of …

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Garland Vows To Prosecute Capitol Rioters If Confirmed

Bloomberg News reports: Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, is pledging he’ll take the lead in prosecuting participants in the mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6. “If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6 — a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone …

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Biden Tells European Allies: “America Is Back” [VIDEO]

NPR reports: President Biden on Friday gave his first speech since taking office aimed at an international audience. Making the case for his plans to turn the page on former President Donald Trump’s “America First” ethos, Biden declared: “America is back” to the virtual crowd at the Munich Security Conference — a who’s who of global national security officials. “The …

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Biden Admin Sending Emergency Generators To Texas

The Washington Post reports: White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the Biden administration is supplying emergency power generators to Texas and is prepared to move diesel to the state, where about 3 million people remain in the dark amid a barrage of winter storms that have overwhelmed the electric grid. At a daily press briefing, Psaki said …

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FEMA Opens Its First Mass Vaccination Sites [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: FEMA opened its first COVID-19 mass vaccination sites Tuesday, setting up in Los Angeles and Oakland as part of an effort by the Biden administration to get shots into arms more quickly and reach minority communities hit hard by the outbreak. Snow and ice across much of the U.S., meanwhile, forced the cancellation of many vaccination …

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Biden Admin: Use “More Inclusive” Immigration Terms

Axios reports: The Biden administration is urging officials to use more inclusive terms for immigrants, including replacing the word “alien” with “noncitizen,” Axios has learned. Why it matters: The Trump administration referred to unauthorized immigrants as “illegal aliens,” and described border crossings as an “invasion.” The new terms point to President Biden’s more welcoming immigration stance overall. According to an …

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“Intense Jockeying” Underway For Ambassadorships

The Washington Post reports: It is a sweepstakes that comes along every four or eight years — intense jockeying in public and private as the well-heeled and well-connected seek coveted positions that come with lavish housing, a staff of chefs and an expectation that the U.S. envoy will put the digs to use for parties. With its mix of famous …

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Biden To Announce Deal For Another 200M Vax Doses

The Washington Post reports: President Biden is expected to announce Thursday afternoon that his administration has secured deals for another 200 million doses of coronavirus vaccine as promised last month, according to three people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to discuss it. The president is scheduled to tour the National Institutes of Health on Thursday afternoon and …

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HUD To Move Against LGBTQ Housing Discrimination

The Hill reports: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday that it will use the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender. The federal agency announced in a memorandum that it will invoke the sweeping 1968 housing law to penalize those who refuse to rent, sell or advertise housing to …

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Feds Mull Domestic Travel Restrictions Over Variants

The Miami Herald reports: The Biden administration is considering whether to impose domestic travel restrictions, including on Florida, fearful that coronavirus mutations are threatening to reverse hard-fought progress on the pandemic. Outbreaks of the new variants — including a highly contagious one first identified in the United Kingdom, as well as others from South Africa and Brazil that scientists worry …

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Buttigieg Quarantines As Security Agent Tests Positive

CNN reports: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will quarantine for 14 days after a member of his security detail tested positive for Covid-19, department chief of staff Laura Schiller said in a statement. Schiller’s statement says the agent has been in “close contact” with Buttigieg as recently as Monday morning. Buttigieg tested negative Monday and has not shown any symptoms, the …

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ACLU, Others Ask Biden Admin To Drop Assange Case

The New York Times reports: A coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups urged the Biden administration on Monday to drop efforts to extradite the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from Britain and prosecute him, calling the Trump-era case against him “a grave threat to press freedom.” The coalition sent a letter urging a change in course before a Friday …

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WH: Trump Hasn’t Even Asked For Intel Briefings

The Hill reports: White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday indicated former President Trump hasn’t asked for an intelligence briefing days after President Biden said he didn’t think his predecessor should receive one. Psaki said intelligence officials will make any decision on whether former President Trump will receive intelligence briefings. Asked to clarify, Psaki later said that she was …

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