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Biden Repeals Trump Ban On Transgender US Military Members : President Biden Takes Office
"The first lifted Donald Trump's van on transgender people serving in the U. S armed forces during qualified American conservative country in uniform. And essentially restoring the situations against before with Chan, transgender personnel qualified and every other way. Can serve in government in the United States military that followed a meeting with the new defense secretary, retired General Lloyd Austin, who, by the way is ordering a review of the Pentagon sex, assault and harassment prevention programs. Correspondent Stephen Portnoy tells us what
Chad Wolf: Biden immigration action 'absolutely' goes against the law
"Since taking off his less than a week ago. President biden has been chipping away at his predecessor's policies. Last week he issued executive orders relating to the environment and immigration. They're now saying we're not going to deport individuals with final orders of removal criminals. In most cases we're not going to deport them for one hundred days. That is concerning chad wolf. The acting homeland security secretary. Under president trump was on fox's sunday morning
Leahy, not Roberts, expected to preside over impeachment trial as House to send article to Senate on Monday
"Former President Trump's impeachment trial technically starts this evening with arguments starting February 8th impeachment managers suspected the walk the article to the Senate around 7 P.m. Eastern. After the article is transmitted, there will be a two week pause to allow the former president to prepare a defense. Once the trial gets underway, senators will listen to arguments six days a week, breaking only on Sundays.
Supreme Court tosses emoluments cases against Trump
"Accusing Donald Trump of illegally profiting off Trump Organization business while he was in the White House, tossed today by the U. S. Supreme Court correspondent Erica Turkey has details and she is no longer in office. The Supreme Court saw no point in hearing cases that claimed former President Trump's businesses violated the Constitution's emoluments clause. It's an anti corruption provisioned meant to keep a president from conflicted loyalties. The Supreme Court's dismissal leaves unresolved the question of whether former present And Trump improperly profited from foreign governments when they booked rooms at one of his hotels. Business owners in Maryland in Washington, D C. Claimed they were deprived of business so foreign leaders could curry favor with trump
GOP Sen. Rob Portman won't run for reelection, saying it's difficult to 'break through the partisan gridlock'
"This aft. Noon he plans to not seek reelection in 2022. NBC News, Garrett Takes says by not seeking RE Election Boardman Portman's conviction vote on the impeachment trial of President Trump comes Maurin to play very difficult for any Republican running for reelection to vote to convict Donald Trump and then turn around and ask Trump voters to vote for them. Meanwhile, Dominion Voting Systems has
The Bidens' dogs, Major and Champ, arrive at the White House
"The dogs have come to the White House. White House correspondent Ed O'Keefe confirming this morning that champ and major the German shepherds of president Biden and the first lady Jill Biden have moved into the White House. They arrived yesterday. Major was adopted by the Bidens two years ago and becomes the first shelter dog dog to to move move into into 1600, 1600, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Avenue Avenue champ champ is is a a bit bit more more familiar familiar with with D. D. C, C, having having lived lived with with the the family family since since 2008 2008 when when they they moved moved into into the the vice vice presidential presidential mansion. mansion. In Washington.
Inspector general probes if Justice Department officials tried to overturn election results
"Being launched by the Justice Department's inspector general to examine whether any former or current department officials engaged in an improper attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential elections. This investigation will look at allegations concerning the conduct of former and current Justice Department officials, but will not extend to other government officials. The probe coming after the New York Times reported that former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clarke had been discussing the plan with then President Trump to house the acting attorney general and try to challenge the results of the presidential race.
Buy American: Biden to direct federal government to purchase more U.S.-made goods
"ABC is Mary Bruce, with more on the expected measures from the president. Today, we'll try to fulfill that campaign promise by signing an order encouraging the federal government quote by American and purchase goods and services from US Cos. Now the law already requires this but businesses I've been frustrated by loopholes and waivers that still exist. This order is going to try and clamp down on all of that.
Hawley files ethics counter-complaint against seven Democratic senators
"Josh Holly is filing a counter ethics complaint against seven of his Democratic colleagues. The Democrats last week requested an ethics probe into Holly and Senator Ted Cruz for their objections to the certification of the electoral college vote. Holy claims they filed an improper complaint without citing any relevant evidence.
Trump entertained plan to install an attorney general who would help him pursue baseless election fraud claims
"Lead story. Today comes from the new york times and they say quote. The justice department's top leaders listened in stunned silence this month. One of their peers. They were told had devised a plan. Along with trump to oust. Jeffrey rosen as acting attorney. General and we'll the department's power to force georgia state. Lawmakers to overturn the presidential election results. This unassuming lawyer. Who worked on the plans names. Jeffrey clarke had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results to bolster trump's continuing legal battles and the pressure on georgia politicians. Because mr jeffrey rosen had refused the president's entreaties to carry out those plans mr trump was about to decide whether to fire. Mr rosen and replace him with mr kark danial remember. We were talking about like. who's this. Jeffrey rosen person. And i was like well his career official. I don't think he's going to go along with the bullshit. Turns out we were right. He did not go along with the bullshit. The department officials convened on a conference. Call then ask each other. what would you do. If mr rosen was dismissed and the answer was unanimous. they would all resign in protest They're informed packed. Ultimately persuaded trump. To keep rosen in place calculating that a furor over mass resignations at the top of the justice department would eclipse any attention on his baseless accusations. Voter fraud so he didn't he didn't do it for the right reasons. He said If you everyone resigned and mass it would take. He wouldn't say and mass if everyone was designed all at once. Take away attention from my lies. And so he didn't and trump's decision came only after rosen and clark made their competing cases to him in a bizarre white house meeting to officials compared with an episode of the apprentice albeit one that could prompt a constitutional crisis. This should be looked at and light of the impeachment article that will be sent to the senate as majority leader. Chuck schumer has agreed to delay the impeachment trial until february eighth. Some people think that this shows weakness. I do not. I think this was a calculated political shrewd. Move by chuck schumer. I think it allows more evidence to come out about the insurrection which will make it more difficult for republicans to acquit. And i wanna be clear here not because they have morals but because voters do and voters will be holding them responsible It's going to be more morally difficult for them to acquit. And a lot of people say well. We had the momentum. Right after the insurrection to get this vote to acquit and then additional vote to prevent it from running for office again. But that's not the case they wouldn't have had seventeen republicans and they still don't today but as we start to learn more we may be able to push more republicans over the edge and again not because they have morals but because the people who vote them into office do and some of that evidence came to light this weekend including the arrest of a man who had plans to assassinate alexandria. Ocasio cortez self-styled militia members from virginia ohio and states also made plans to storm the capital days in advance and then communicated in real time as they breached the building on both sides and talked about hunting for lawmakers and that's according to court documents filed tuesday while authorities have charged more than one hundred individuals in the riott details in the new allegations against three. Us military veterans offer a very disturbing look at what they allegedly said to one another before during and after the attack statements that indicate a degree of preparation determination to rush deep into the halls and tons of congress to make citizens arrests of elected officials and they even mentioned sealed sealing off the tunnels and and putting gas in them. Us authorities charged the apparent leader of the oath keepers That's an extremist group. Thomas caldwell sixty six of virginia. They're all from virginia in the attack. Alleging that the navy veteran helped organize a ring of dozens who coordinated their movements as they quote stormed the castle to disrupt the confirmation of biden's electoral college victory. Despite this current department of justice officials and federal law enforcement officials are privately debating whether they should declined to charge some of the individuals who stormed the capital so politically loaded proposition. But one alert to the practical concern that hundreds of such cases cases could swamp the local courthouse. You know tough shit. Internal discussions are in the early stages. No decisions have been reached whether to forego charging some of these folks and that's according to multiple people familiar with the discussions and we also learned that trump's campaign paid more than two point seven million dollars over two years to individuals and firms that organized the january sixth rally that led to the riot And that's according to the center for responsive politics and these payments which span trump's reelection campaign. Show an ongoing financial relationship between rally organizers and trump's political operation they were all made through november twenty third the most recent date covered by the federal election commission filings. Which is before the rally was publicly announced. I'm sure we'll see more in the next. Fcc filing so. That's where we are.
White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief
"To take a number of executive actions this week on issues including criminal justice and climate change. NPR's Ayesha Roscoe, reports Bind has been issuing executive orders since he's taken office. But he says he will need Congress to act on his coronavirus relief package. President Biden is planning to focus much of this week on measures aimed at helping underserved communities and people of color. Biden's chief of staff, RAHM claim set in a memo outlining the president's 1st 10 days in office that Biden would also take action to expand health care access for low income women. The White House is expected to roll out new policies every day this week. As part of his push to respond to the coronavirus. Biden has already mandated mask wearing on off federal property. Biden is pushing a $1.9 trillion relief package to Congress. But he's faced some resistance from moderate lawmakers concerned about the price tag. I SHALL Roscoe NPR news, the White House Chicago
Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor
"House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, plans to run for Arkansas governor. That's according to the Associated Press and a senior campaign official. Uh, Sanders plans to announce reportedly on Monday the daughter of former governor Mike Huckabee. Sanders has been widely expected to run for the office. After leaving the White House. She joins an expensive GOP primary that includes Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. GOP current GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson barred by term limits by from seeking re election next year. Trash collected from Mount
Biden to impose travel restrictions on South Africa, U.K. and Brazil to mitigate new Covid strains
"Reinstate coronavirus travel restrictions rescinded by the previous administration. Former president Trump rolled back restrictions on travelers from Europe, the United Kingdom in Brazil in the days before he left office. But Biden will reverse that tomorrow. He'll also add South Africa to the travel ban list because of a concerning Corona virus strain. Health officials worried the South African variant could be resistant against the vaccines currently being dispensed
New Defense secretary orders assessment of sexual assault prevention programs
"Taken by the newly sworn in defense secretary regarding sexual assault in the military, we get the details from CBS is least Matteo In his first directive since taking office. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has given his senior leaders two weeks to send him reports on sexual assault prevention programs in the military, as well as an assessment of what has worked and what hasn't according to Department reports. Cases involving sexual assaults have steadily increased since 2006, including a 13% jump in 2018 and a 3% increase in 2019, Lisa Matteo CBS News,
States push for allowing concealed carry of guns without permit
"In several more states wanna loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms. Without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates called dangerous 15 states already are allowed concealed carry without a permit, and lawmakers and nine others have proposed allowing or expanding the practice.
Man who stormed U.S. Capitol charged with threatening to assassinate Rep. Ocasio-Cortez
"34 year old it. Richardson, Texas man is accused of taking part in the capital riots and threatening New York Congresswoman Alexandria, A Casio Cortez, a Texas man accused of participating in the deadly U. S Capitol riots. Is now facing charges for allegedly posting online death threats against Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Garrett Miller was arrested in texting Texas Wednesday and made his first court appearance Friday. He's facing several charges, including trespassing offenses and making death threats. Miller is also accused of threatening U. S. Capitol Police Officer Miller has a detention hearing coming up
Senators Call For Accountability From Colleagues After Capitol Riot
"Senators want the ethics committee to investigate Republicans Ted Cruz and Josh Holly for their roles before the capital right on January. 6, Minnesota's Tina Smith and six others say the senators from Missouri in Texas violated the chambers. Ethics rules. Smith said. The path forward has to start with accountability The National Guard is
Bernie Sanders website offering meme sweatshirts to benefit Vermont Meals on Wheels
"If you're on social media, you've likely suffered upon the latest viral name of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders of Joe Biden's inauguration. Now the senator is turning that mean into meals after a photo of Sanders at the inauguration served as inspiration for countless social media means his campaign stores selling sweatshirts featuring the image all proceeds from the sweatshirt sales are going to meals on wheels programs in his home state of Vermont. Sweatshirt with Sanders and his mittens on the front is currently sold out. I'm at Madison
$1 billion Mega Millions winning ticket sold in Michigan
"Million's ticket was bought in Michigan number 40 to 26 60 54 in the gold Mega Mona's 24. The top prize has been growing since September 15th when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. The next estimated mega millions jackpot is 20 million for Tuesday's drawing. Were, though to lucky Tickets in New York. They've got a cool million bucks matched five numbers. The first one was sold yet both of them sold in New York, the first one sold in Brooklyn at the Ebola market at at the the Mobil Mobil Gas Gas Station, Station, 2228 2228 Garretson Garretson Avenue. Avenue. And And the the other other million million dollar dollar tickets tickets sold sold in in Queens, Queens, Moonlight Moonlight Deli Deli Grocery, Grocery, 33, 33, 22, 22, 21st 21st Street Street and and Astoria. Astoria. So if you're in those areas or you bought your ticket in those areas you want to check to see if you want a million here. The numbers for 26 40 to 50 60 mega ball was 24
Biden’s first call to foreign leader is with Trudeau
"President's first foreign leader call was to to justin trudeau of canada and apparently was completely cordial trudeau did not bring up the the the pipeline that biden cancelled. And just just to give you. The baseline of that pipeline has been laid from from canada to nedal nato londe texas that that is a ongoing pipeline. This is a shorter route. The pipeline goes nearly north south. I'm this was an improvement in efficiency improvement where the the tunnel had in canada would would require that a new section of pipeline belaid and almost forty five degree angle from from alberta through montana and then meeting up in in i've believed south dakota so anyway this is getting entail thousands and thousands of canadian jobs and american union jobs and it's been canceled. Trudeau did not bring that up. It was sort of a formal initial. Hi it's me. Joe biden and i'm the president of the united states now. Maybe you've been catching the
Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain, GOP governor
"Arizona. Republicans are essential during three of. The party's most prominent figures saturday. The party rebukes governor doug ducey former senator jeff flake and cindy mccain wife of senator john mccain for publicly criticizing president donald trump. The move was largely symbolic both flake and mccain publicly endorsed president biden leading up to the november.
Biden's Catholicism Could Influence The Abortion Debate, Activists Say
"President Biden is only the second Catholic president of the United States. He's also a supporter of abortion rights. Ah, position at odds with official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. During the first White House press briefing of the Biden administration, a reporter from a Catholic network asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki about Biden's abortion policies. I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that he is a devout Catholic and somebody who attends church regularly. He started his day attending church with his family this morning. NPR's Sarah McCammon examines what binds Catholicism's could mean for the abortion debate for Catholic activists like Marjorie Dannenfelser. President Biden's high profile example of a Catholic who supports abortion rights is troubling. It's a negative example of a deep and important moral issue that is being debated in this country. Dannenfelser is president of the Susan B. Anthony list, which has worked for years to help confirm conservative Supreme Court justices. She's particularly disturbed by Biden's embrace of a broader push among Democrats to repeal the Hyde amendment, which prohibits federal funding for most abortions. Ah, position he took in 2019 while running for the Democratic presidential nomination. After decades of supporting hide. The church itself has not changed. And its view ever on the dignity of human life and the need for its protection. He can't bring the Catholic Church along with him because of his political needs. But for those who like to see the church take a more permissive stance on issues including abortion, Biden's election is an opportunity. Jamie Manson is president of Catholics for choice. There are many issues in which Catholics are descending from the bishops and seeing that these are complex moral issues, whether it's same sex marriage, whether it's contraception or whether it's abortion Holding suggests a majority of American Catholics support abortion rights in most or all cases, and most Catholic women say they've used contraception, which the church also opposes. With a conservative Supreme Court majority and Biden in the White House. Manson predicts continued battles over issues including conscience exemptions, for example, for pharmacists who object to dispensing the morning after pill or employers who oppose including contraceptive coverage in their health plans. What I hope one of the impacts on public policy will be is to say, Listen, that is not what religious freedom is about religious freedom is about No one being oppressed or having their civil rights loss because of individual religious beliefs. Conservative Catholics, meanwhile, worry Biden will roll back Trump administration policies that they've seen as a victories for religious liberty. Already, the administration has said Biden is preparing to reverse the Mexico City policy, which prohibits US funding for organizations that perform or refer patients for abortion and other countries. But a study in the journal The Lancet found that the policy actually increased the abortion rate in some countries, most likely because it also reduced access to contraception. Natalia Imperatori Lee is a progressive Catholic theologian and religious studies professor at Manhattan College in New York. So I think the biting from a policy perspective is going to do things that end up Reducing the number of abortions, however, divided the rank and file. The church's position remains the same. On Inauguration Day, The U. S conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement praising Biden's piety but expressing deep concern about several of his positions, including his support for abortion rights. Sarah McCammon. NPR NEWS
TV audience for President Biden inauguration larger than Trump
"Nothing illustrates the political passions of a television networks audience. Quite like ratings. For a presidential inauguration the six point fifty three million people who watched president joe biden take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address on. Msnbc wednesday was a whopping three hundred. Thirty eight percent bigger than its audience for donald. Trump's swearing in four years ago. The nielsen company. Said on the flipside fox news channel's audience of two point. Seventy four million for biden on wednesday represented a nearly seventy seven percent drop from its viewership for trump in two thousand seventeen nielsen said a preliminary nielsen estimates shows biden's inaugural viewership on the top six networks. Beat trump by four percent. nielsen said. It doesn't have a complete estimate for inaugural viewing because it's still counting people who watched on other networks or outside their homes. Cnn with ten million viewers easily beat abc. Cbs nbc msnbc and fox. During biden's big moment nielsen said that's one hundred ninety six percent more than watched trump for years ago. Cnn which has been on a hot streak in the rating since biden's victory also topped all the others for its coverage of the prime time inaugural celebration msnbc. Meanwhile said it recorded the highest daytime ratings of the networks nearly twenty five year history on wednesday abc had seven point. Sixty six million viewers for the oath-taking up ten percent from twenty seventeen. Nbc had six point. Eighty nine million down twelve percent and cbs had six point. Zero seven million down thirteen percent nielsen said.
Virginia Senate repeals ban on abortion coverage for plans offered through state exchange
"That are offered through Virginia's health insurance exchange. Are banned from providing abortion coverage, but that ban will be lifted under a bill that just passed the Virginia sent. Abortion is the only legal medical procedure that is banned under the health exchange here. Virginia Democratic Senator Jennifer McClelland, saying the bill would end unnecessary restrictions on reproductive health care options. But opponents like Republican Senator Steve Newman expressed concern that federal subsidies that help cover the cost of plans Good in some cases go to abortion services. There are some of us that believe that on this very controversial item that no tax money should be used in this way, the bill passed in the Senate almost entirely along party lines it now heads to the house.
Texas sues Biden administration over halt to deportations
"Attorney general. Ken paxton is suing the biden administration. Demanding it immediately lift a freeze on deportations of undocumented. Immigrants paxton says the federal government violated an agreement. I consult with the state before changing immigration enforcement in the filing paxton says texas would face irreparable harm if the moratorium takes