In his first official acts as president, Joe Biden is signing executive orders on a broad range of issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and immigration, to fulfill campaign promises
Biden Picks Transgender Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Health Secretary in Historic First. President-elect Joe Biden announced the nomination on Tuesday. According to the Biden-Harris transition team, if Levine's appointment is confirmed by the Senate, . she would be the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed official. Levine is currently the secretary of health for Pennsylvania. . Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — , President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. ... no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration's health efforts, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris referred to Levine as ... ... "a remarkable public servant with the knowledge and experience to help us contain this pandemic, and protect and improve the health and well-being of the American people."
As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday as the nation’s 46th president, Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters still believe Biden was not legitimately elected after Trump continues to argue the election was stolen
Melania Trump Releases Farewell Message. The first lady took to Twitter on Monday to share a seven-minute-long farewell video addressed to the American people. She thanked those who have inspired her amid her time at the White House. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, via Twitter. I have been inspired by incredible Americans across our country who lift up our communities through their kindness and courage, goodness and grace, Melania Trump, via Twitter. Melania also addressed the pandemic and thanked health care workers. As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, I thank all of the nurses, doctors, health care professionals, manufacturing workers, truck drivers and so many others who are working to save lives. , Melania Trump, via Twitter. She also seemingly referenced the attacks on the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. Be passionate in everything you do, but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified, Melania Trump, via Twitter. The Trumps will not attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, . breaking a longstanding tradition symbolizing the peaceful transfer of power
Donald Trump will walk out of the White House and board Marine One for the last time as president Wednesday morning, leaving behind a legacy of chaos and tumult and a nation bitterly divided
Joe Biden to Rescind Keystone XL Pipeline Permit on First Day in Office. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to yank the permit for TC Energy’s Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he’s in office. . His transition team declined to comment, but three different sources have confirmed the news to 'POLITICO.'. Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to Washington, declined to confirm reports as well, saying that Canada was still in favor of the cross-border permit. The Government of Canada continues to support the Keystone XL project … Keystone XL fits within Canada’s climate plan. It will also contribute to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness, Kirsten Hillman, via 'POLITICO'. The Keystone pipeline has been a major point of controversy for a decade. President Barack Obama delayed the project in 2015, which then-Vice President Biden supported. . During his first week in office in 2017, President Donald Trump revived the pipeline with a presidential memorandum. . Environmentalists have praised Biden’s reported plan to rescind the pipeline’s permit, saying he is showing “courage and empathy.” . President-elect Biden is showing courage and empathy to the farmers, ranchers and tribal nations who have dealt with an ongoing threat that disrupted their lives for over a decade, Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, via 'POLITICO'. On Sunday, TC Energy announced that the Keystone XL pipeline would be able to achieve net-zero emissions by 2023.
The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will take place in a Washington on edge, after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol unleashed a wave of fear and unmatched security concerns
Trump to Reportedly Issue Around 100 Pardons and Commutations Tuesday. According to three sources in Trump's orbit, . the president is planning to issue the pardons and commutations on his last full day in office. Everything is a transaction. He likes pardons because it is unilateral. And he likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him, Source, via CNN. White collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others are expected to be granted clemency. At this time, Trump is not expected to pardon himself. Advisers reportedly said it would make him appear guilty of something, particularly after the riots at the Capitol. Many of the clemency actions are expected to be given to political allies and also revolve around criminal justice reform. . Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor who was convicted of health care fraud, is one of the names expected to be included in the clemency list
Inauguration Day for President-elect Joe Biden will look unlike anything the nation has seen before as the scars of COVID-19 and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol turn the West Front into a virtual ghost town compared to years past
Andrew Yang Announces , His Run For NYC Mayor. Yang announced his campaign for NYC mayor in a video posted on Twitter. I'm running for mayor for my two boys, for you, and for every New Yorker, Andrew Yang, Twitter. Let's fight for a future New York City that we can all be proud of, Andrew Yang, Twitter. Yang gained national attention as a Democratic presidential nominee hopeful, . who ran on a platform touting a universal basic income of $1000 a month for all American adults. If elected mayor of NYC, Yang pledges increased access to high-speed internet, a policy to "reopen intelligently" and to "take back control" of the subway system. The Democratic primary for NYC mayor occurs in June.
California officials are pinning their hopes on President-elect Joe Biden as they struggle to obtain coronavirus vaccines to curb a surge that has packed hospitals and morgues
US House of Representatives , Adopts Historic 2nd Impeachment of Trump. No president has ever been impeached twice in the history of the U.S. The single article of impeachment introduced by House Democrats on Monday was adopted by a vote of 232 to 197. The article formally charges President Donald Trump with incitement of insurrection in connection to the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. 10 House Republicans broke from Trump, voting to impeach. . We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) House Speaker, via Reuters. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) House Speaker, via Reuters. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that the Senate would not reconvene before the end of Trump's term . to conduct a Senate impeachment trial. This means that now that the House has voted to impeach Trump. such a trial will be conducted by a Democratic-led Senate
Sen. Richard Burr says the Justice Department has told him it will not prosecute him over stock sales made during the coronavirus pandemic, ending an insider trading investigation that led him to at least temporarily step aside from a powerful committee chairmanship last year
Mike Pence Will Not Invoke 25th Amendment to Remove Trump From Office. Vice President Mike Pence has finally responded to recent calls for him to invoke the 25th amendment and remove Donald Trump from office. In a letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence said that he didn’t think doing so would be in the country's "best interest.". I do not believe such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution … I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our Nation. , Mike Pence, via 'The New York Times'. Pence went on to justify his decision, referencing Pelosi’s own statement from a “few months ago” when she said that a “president’s fitness” must be determined by “science and fact.” . You said then that we must be '[v]ery respectful of not making a judgement on the basis of a comment or behavior that we don’t like, but based on a medical decision.', Mike Pence, via 'The New York Times'. Madam Speaker, you were right … the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation. Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent. , Mike Pence, via 'The New York Times'. Pence then said that Trump’s administration was directing its energy to ensuring an “orderly transition.” . He finished his letter by urging “every member of Congress” to avoid actions that will cause further division. . Work with us to lower the temperature and unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States, Mike Pence, via 'The New York Times'
Joe Biden Chooses William Burns as CIA Director . President-elect Biden made the announcement on Jan. 11. The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA Director, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. Burns, a former ambassador to Russia and Jordan. most recently served under the Obama administration as deputy secretary of state. He was only the second career diplomat in history to ever hold the position. Burns' 33-year diplomatic career was spent serving both Republican and Democratic administrations. Within that time, he also took on national security positions for five of those administrations. According to Biden's team, if the Senate confirms his appointment, Burns would be the first career diplomat to ever be CIA director. Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. He shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement
A file obtained by The Associated Press shows the U.S. Secret Service investigated John Mulaney, but found no wrongdoing in a joke the comedian made on “Saturday Night Live” in February 2020
Kamala Harris’ ‘Vogue’ Cover Stirs Controversy. ‘Vogue’ released its two February 2021 covers featuring Harris and shot by Tyler Mitchell. The official print cover caused quite a stir. The official print cover shows Harris in Converse sneakers, and as many have pointed out, in poor lighting and looking washed out. The digital cover features a tighter shot of the VP-elect in a blue suit, an image that was approved by her team for use. VP-Elect Harris’ team and 'Vogue' agreed that the blue suit image would grace the cover, leaving her team ‘blindsided’ by the publication’s choice. ‘Vogue’ has defended its selection, releasing an online article detailing the significance behind the image chosen. The team at Vogue … felt the more informal image captured Vice President-elect Harris’s authentic, approachable nature, Vogue representatives, via ‘Us'