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FAA seeks $27,500 from passenger it says struck flight attendant
"Fine for a passenger who allegedly assaulted a flight attendant over a mask. A $27,500 fine is being proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration for passenger it says, yelled Curse words and struck a flight attendant under the eye. That person was traveling with a man who refused to wear his mask or seatbelt or secure his tray table on the Delta Airlines flight from Miami to Atlanta on October night. Teen, The crew returned the flight to the gate and the FAA says when the flight attendants asked the two to get off the flight. That's when one became combative. The FAA did not identify the passenger liner.
FBI focusing on one possible suspect in Capitol officer's death
"Meantime, new developments of the death of Capitol police officer during the riots in January. The FBI says they've identified a possible suspect that may have had something to do with the death of Officer Brian Sick, Nick. They haven't released the name of that person yet. The FBI says it has video of persons spraying sick Nick and others with bear spray sick. Nick died from unknown injuries the day after possibly a stroke. We do know he wasn't hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, which was initially reported. It's unclear what if any, charges may be
Senate Democrats move immediately to "Plan B" on minimum wage
"Yesterday we told you That the parliamentarian head ruled that the dollar minimum wage does not pass muster for reconciliation and must be taken out of a covid relief. Bill now We clarified unlike most of the media. That the parliamentary and actually has no power whatsoever It is just give an advisory opinion is not an actual ruling. The person who does the ruling is actually the presiding chair of the senate was normally is the vice president so comma. Harris is going to have a huge part in this conversation now wants the parliamentarian gave her so called ruling. All the democrats immediately gave up on fifteen dollars minimum wage as things stand now they are going to be taking that provision is going to be taken out of the bill and we will not get fifteen dollar minimum wage for at least four years now. There is a way to prevent it. There are four steps here. I'm going to walk through all four steps and you will see that if we do this. It's actually very doable. To keep it in the bill and to actually win on this issue but it requires courage from progressives and then Requires us to put public pressure on some of our allies and then eventually to the biden administration and sure so step one is unfortunately right now the most important step and where we're going to have to call out bernie sanders bernie sanders. Is the chair of the budget committee. The chair of the budget committee the signs. What is in the kobe. Relief bill bernie sanders. Current plan is to take fifteen dollars minimum wage out of the covid relief. Bill that is a terrible idea. He should not do that. If corporate democrats are going to vote against let them vote against it but doing it on their behalf. i cannot overstate. What a bad idea that is in that scenario that right now is what is going to happen unless we change it together bernie would kill the fifteen dollar minimum wage on behalf of joe manchin and joe by. He should not do that. So that's this is step one. I'm going to get to the other steps in a second guys. I need you to immediately participate. We've got a campaign we've got a partition and and we've got hashtags. We must do all of the above and the campaign is called. Don't kill it bernie because yes step one indisputably. It is a matter of fact. Is that the budget chair decides if it goes in the bill that is bernie sanders. That was the whole point of him being budget share. If he's going to take out. Fifteen dollar minimum wage will take out every provision the joe manchin and joe biden are opposed to that means we will get no progressive priorities past none. The fifteen dollars. Minimum wage was literally the bare minimum. It was the first ask of progressives so bernie. You've got to keep it in the bill because if he does not keep it in the bill. It's over that hashtag fight for fifteen. There is no more fight. That means progressive surrender. I'm being honest with you. Guys our job is to do the news. Those are the facts of how this process works so go to the petition. All right and here. Let's put it up for you guys and it's simply called. Don't kill it bernie. And what is saying is we don. T have a clear message. Don't take it out of the bill. It's one hundred percent your call on whether you keep it in the bill or take it out of the bill. Do not do that because if you take it out of the bill and you kill it then we will not be able to get back to it for four long years and there's no reason for it so and and if you're tweeting about this at all please use hashtag. Don't kill it bernie. Because we must get senator sanders to turn around. There are no other steps if he takes it out of the bill now if he keeps it in the bill now let me walk you through how we could actually win on this step two would be since it's in the bill. The presiding officer of the senate would have to rule to take it out of the bill. So kamala harris who in her role as the vp would normally be the presiding officer. The senate would have to actively vote with republicans or side with republicans the and the parliamentarian for what it's worth again. The parliamentarian has no vote. No power just gave a rando opinion on what they think they should do it. The republicans would never care about it. It it has no force of law at all. in fact it's being used as an excuse by kamla harris show schumer and the others to kill a provision. They were never in favor of so. Then we have to put pressure on comma harris to not side with mitch mcconnell. Can we do that. Yes yes we can definitely do that. If chuck schumer wants to protect com la- harris and he puts another senator in as the presiding officer. Will they will put pressure on chuck schumer. Would you like to continue to be the senator from new york. There are a lot of progressives in new york very very strong. Progressives in new york that could easily take that seat not easily but that could certainly have a shot at taking that seat. So now here's the most part steps three if she decides to take it out of the bill. There's nothing we can do about it comma harrison show schumer will then actively be saying okay. We killed the fifteen dollar minimum wage because we never wanted in the first place but if we get past that step and go. You win you win. We're keeping it in the bill. Then mitch. Mcconnell would object. Mitch mcconnell would then say. I want to appeal the ruling of the chair. Now here's a great news. Since joe manchin a cinema cap the filibuster and so two joe biden. They would need sixty votes to overrule the chair. So that means they need to break our filibuster to overrule the ruling of the chair. They're not gonna get sixty votes. We win okay. There is a separate more but understand before we go to step four step. Four is awesome but right now you understand how simple it is with. Depression brought to keep it in the bill. We have to pressure mention not mansion comma harris and chuck schumer to not side with republicans. Why god is a progressive movement. If we can't do that what can we do. Do we have any power or don't we have any power. Were about to find out. And then step for is if the republicans cannot break the filibuster. The mcconnell has one last option and this is wonderfully ironic. He would have to ask for fifty vote margin and straight up and down. Vote to kill the filibuster in regards to the votes of the presiding chair of the senate now mansion cinema have said that and biden said that the filibuster is the most precious thing in the world to them. So what are they going to. Now turn around just to make sure you don't get higher wages and they're gonna vote to kill the filibuster in this regard. I mean you would be the most spectacularly hypocritical thing they have ever done and they've done some pretty hypocritical fix so you put them in an near impossible situation and it is incredibly doable but step one is do not surrender. Guys one last thing before we go to john and jordan. There's ninety two billion dollars online. This would be a pay raise for about thirty million americans and to the tune of ninety two billion dollars every single year the reason why biden mansion and the republicans don't want to do it is because the chamber of commerce is dead set against it they are those business interests are giant donors to both the republican party and the democratic party. And those donors are saying. I wanna keep the ninety two billion dollars. I want to give it to my workers. I want to keep their wages incredibly low now go do my bidding. And they do now. Bernie is not in that camp. But he's getting pressure from the other democrats to take it out of the bill. We in a sense have to back them up by saying bernie. We do not agree. We do not agree. Don't kill it bernie. Don't kill it
Sentences reduced for some men convicted in 1993 WTC bombing
"Ronnie marked the 20th anniversary of the first World Trade Center bombing that killed six people 28 years ago. Loved ones of the six bombing victims remembered their lives during virtual ceremonies. The 1993 parking garage explosion beneath the twin towers left massive destruction for the men implicated, still fight legal battles and have won some reductions to their compound. It sentences After one part of their convictions was dropped in response to recent U. S Supreme Court ruling, although each would have to live well into their nineties if they would ever go free. The mastermind Ramzi Yousef, is serving a life sentence after convictions in two trials. Yousef's uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, still awaits a military tribunal on charges of masterminding the September 11 2001
House set to approve Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan
"Debate now underway on the House floor and President Biden's proposed covert relief bill. Congressman Frank Pallone, New Jersey Democrat Madam Speaker, The American Rescue plan meets the unprecedented challenges our nation is facing, and it deserves strong bipartisan support. Republicans, including Texas congressman August Pflueger say the bill cost too much as I rise today in complete opposition. The Democrats blue State bailout bill This bill will cost the American taxpayer nearly $2 trillion bill includes $1400 stimulus checks for most Americans, expanded unemployment benefits and billions more for vaccines and
U.S. airstrikes target Iran-backed militias in Syria in Biden's 1st military action
"New details are coming out about the U. S. Air strike in Syria in what is believed to be President Biden's first military action since taking office. At least one fighter is reported to have been killed in the air strikes, which were launched overnight in Syria. Senior U. S official tells Fox News. The attack should be seen as a warning to Iran on the militia groups it supports. The Pentagon says it targeted buildings used by militias. In retaliation for recent rocket attacks against American service personnel in Iraq. Russia, which is heavily involved in Syria's civil war, has
FDA panel greenlights Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine
"To a full green light. FDA independent panel is okay to the final agency vote could come as early as tonight. After hours of testimony, the FDA panel voting to approve the emergency use authorization of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. It still needs a final thumbs up from the FDA before could be shipped out. The ones that comes accompanies. Dr Johan Van Hood says They're ready to go with four million doses immediately and then more supply. $100 million to do s government in the first half of 2021 Alex own ABC nears. The House
FDA Advisory Panel Greenlights Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine
"FDA advisory panel has voted to give a third covert vaccine emergency use authorization. The FDA will issue a final decision in a few days after hours of questions about how the trials were conducted on nearly 75,000 participants. The FDA advisory panel voted to approve Johnson and Johnson. Single dose vaccine Doctor often yes. Dr Moore. Yet many of the doctors explained their votes, doctor Archana Chatterjee said. Despite the concerns raised, there is a shortage of the themes that are currently authorized. And I think authentication of this vaccine will help meet the needs at the moment, an official with Johnson and Johnson's vaccine division told the panel. They are working on a second generation shot to address virus mutations and variants.
Biden heads to Texas to see storm damage, visit food bank
"Biden and the first lady arrived in Houston together. Welcomed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the first lady headed to a food bank, the president to an emergency operation center for a firsthand look at the recovery from the winter weather that walloped the state. My mother would say you're doing God's work at the Houston Food Bank, First lady Jill Biden helped bag canned food from residents who lost power and clean water. And others now without a safe place to live.
UC Davis Health debuts plans for hospital tower project
"Major plans unveiled today for a new U. C. Davis, California tower. At the medical center is going to be 16 stories high a million square feet of space. Most of the rooms could be easily transferred to become ICU room if rooms if necessary. Another major addition to our own kind of healthcare corridor over there by the UCD Medical Center. The expectation is to have it all done well before 2030. Because that's a deadline regarding earthquake preparedness and safety for a lot of hospitals around the state,
$15 minimum wage not allowed in Biden’s Covid relief bill
"No longer included on a massive coronavirus relief package. The Senate parliamentarian ruled that it couldn't be packaged in the nearly $2 trillion covert plan. That's because Democrats are passing the covert measure under a process that allows a simple majority vote. The minimum wage increase doesn't meet the standards to be included. Democrats are trying to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour I'm Brian
Capitol security review to recommend additional officers, fencing
"Capitol attack. CNN reports. A security review will suggest more than 1000 officers be added to the capital that Costas said to be almost $100 million. Other recommendations include additional fencing and walls, along with better communication resource is for police. The review also points out security needs for lawmakers. At home. That's the very latest. I'm Jim Forbes.
Biden Assesses Winter Storm Damage in Texas Promising Assistance
"Crisis we're in for the long haul. The Bidens visited a large food bank in Houston and stopped by an emergency operation center. Biden heard from local officials about massive power outages and serious problems with water supplies due to broken pipes. Florida Senator Rick Scott is telling attendees at today's conservative political action conference in Orlando, Florida to stand up to Democrats. Scott said both impeachments of President Trump
Former President Trump Headlines Conservative Gathering CPAC
"Trump headlines the premier Conservative gathering CPAC. For Pacifica Network and Public News Service. I'm Mary Sherman and their conference dedicated to the future of the conservative movement is already underway. And it's turned into an ode to Donald Trump. As speakers declared today, their fealty to the former president and attendees posed for Selfies with a golden statue of his likeness. As the Republican Party grapples with deep divisions over the extent to which they should embrace Trump After losing the White House and losing both chambers of Congress, those gathered at the annual conservative political Action Conference in central Florida made clear they're not ready to move on from the former president or from his baseless charges that the November election was rigged against him. Republican Senator Just Holly of Missouri, a potential presidential 2024 awful drew among the loudest applause today and the standing ovation when he bragged about Is challenging of the election certification on January 6th despite the storming of the Capitol building by Trump's supporters trying to halt the Institutionally mandated process. Trump will not arrive at the conference until Sunday, but was present in spirit in the form of a large golden statue erected in a merchandise show booth where attendees could pose for pictures with it more from reporters. Simon marks the stage is set in the US for a big weekend in Republican Party politics. Former President Donald Trump will address the conservative political action conference in Florida, where he's expected to stake his claim to the ongoing leadership of the Republican Party. The former president's former White House chief of staff is Mark Meadows. We will see the start of planning for the next administration, and I can tell you The people. They're the top of that list. All of them have. Trump is their last name. He spoke to Fox News Simon marks reporting. Immigrant rights activists
Text messages promising $1,400 daily stimulus checks are actually scams, IRS warns
"For people who have lost their jobs in their security to Corona virus. The text message is a god sent there now eligible for $1400 daily, through covered relief program. You have been Smith, the text contains a link to instructions on how to get your money. But kneeled US wanting of Stanford University's Advanced Security certification program says that merely clicking on the link could expose the recipients. Personal financial data relief will arrive in the form of a check in the mail. Or a direct deposit to the bank account that you've used in the past with the I R s far from receiving a stimulus payment. The victim stands to lose everything from his or her bank account. Federal Trade Commission has received over 350,000 reports of such scams resulting in total fraud losses north of 336 million has realized that as him as might appear, take a screenshot of it, Send it to the I. R s and then delete the message with Tech trends. Jim Ryan ABC News At the Kamo news time Now for 14. Other update on
Biden’s Pick for Trade Representative Promises Break With Past Policy
"Campaign Republicans sought to portray Joe Biden is likely to be soft on China, but an editorial in Chinese state media this past week Says the Biden administration policy toward Beijing Quote smacks of Trumpism Bloomberg Economics reporter Shawn Donnan has been tracking trade policy. He joins me now for some insight into what to expect, Shawn. It is always a pleasure. Thanks so much for joining me. Thanks so much for having me. Okay, let's start on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers considering Biden administration nominees, including Katherine Tie By those pick for U. S Trade representative. You've been following this hearing. What is your takeaway Ben from her appearance before lawmakers. It's really interesting. What we're seeing from the Biden administration is a real change in tone around trade. At the very least, we're still not Getting a whole lot of specificity in terms of what sorts of policies they're going to do. What Tangible steps they're going to take when it comes to dealing with China and other trade problems that they threw US faces But way heard from Katherine Tie this week is a real effort to portrayed administration. That wants the focus on getting rid of the chaos and trade policy that some people, really, especially in the business community, really agonized about what kids Trump administration and moving towards something more delivered is more process driven. Uh, probably smarter is their their their idea. Now she had made a pretty strong case for China to live up to the trade agreement. It has already eat with then President Trump. Where's that now? Yeah. So we're in this really interesting situation. Where President Trump if you remember in January of 2020 find this deal with the Chinese. He called the phase one deal in which the Chinese committed to, uh, to step up their purchases of American products. Everything from farm Exports to airplanes and other manufacturer kids on go also to make some changes and how they enforced intellectual property rules. And so on. And then, of course, we got the pandemic and everything kind of went askew. Um, but one of the big questions surrounding the Biden administration coming in is are they gonna make, you know? Are they gonna Look at that deal and use that as the basis of the economic relationship with China and the way that the Trump administration with them. Are they gonna seek to make China live up to that deal, and it's purchased commitments and other things like opening up its market financial services companies out of the U. S also You know the type provisions? Well, what we heard from Katherine tie this week. Is that well, that's the deal that we have with China, and that's the deal that we're gonna be. We're gonna be asking them tow live up to you. So that's the first step. We know that they're gonna Um, they're gonna enforce that deal. That's what Katherine pies signaling. But then there are all these questions about what comes back. Of course, Phase One implies that there's a phase two. And right now, this huge questions about whether we ever see of face to agreement, and that's gonna be down to what the Biden administration chooses to do it face to agreement would really get into some of the structural issues. In the relationship and the ways that China competes unfairly, according to American businesses, And those are things like the subsidies that the Chinese Communist Party gives to, Uh both state and private companies and united China in the form of cheap electricity. Cheap loans on Shawn So you know, we're getting a little bit of a hint, but a lot of questions still left Now, a lot of this and you touched on this briefly. I want to dig a little bit deeper. These agreements are often about enforcement, not just words. But how they're going to have some teeth now, What are you expecting from the Biden administration when it comes to trade with China and enforcing those deals? Yeah. So one of the features that Bob Lighthizer of the President Trump's U. S trade representative was very proud of in the China agreement was an enforcement mechanism that there was a way for the US to, uh hold China accountable and impose tariffs and another punitive measures. If China didn't live up to the deal, we don't yet know what the Biden administration is going to do. We haven't yet had that situation. Where, Um, we're looking at an enforcement case. But that's ah, huge question that we also know that the Biden administration may choose to take another route in terms of enforcing a deal like this or taking on China, another in other issues. Trafford Ty used to be the chief China enforcement officer at the U. S Trade representative. Office. She's the one she was the lawyer who was literally arguing before the World Trade Organization cases on behalf of the US against China. One thing she said this week is that By administration expect to engage and take a leadership role at the World Trade Organization again. And so that means that the administration made may choose to go there rather than the bilateral route, which kind of took the U. S and China outside of the existing global trade rules.
Intelligence report finds Saudi crown prince approved Jamal Khashoggi killing
"Arabia's Crown prince approved of the killing. Of a Saudi journalist before Paige partially redacted report from the director of national intelligence successes. Saudi Arabia is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Solman approved an operation in Turkey to capture or kill Sally Journalists, Jamal Cause Shoki Shoki was a Saudi citizen, a frequent critic of the Saudi government, writing for the Washington Post. When he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018, the crown prince, the intelligence reports is viewed Kashiwagi is a threat to the king. Them and broadly supported using violent measures the silence him the report could further complicate the U. S Saudi relationship. This week. President Biden spoke with Saudi Arabia is King Solomon on Capitol Hill. Jared Halpern Fox
President Biden, first lady Jill Biden visit Houston as many recover from devastating winter storm
"We're gonna turn now to President Biden's visit to Texas today. The president wanted to get a firsthand look at the destruction from last week's deadly storms and offer support to Texans have been struggling to find food, water and shelter here. CBS is Janet's family in Tonight the biting administration's first trip to a state devastated by disaster, the president and first lady welcomed by Governor Greg Abbott and other leaders. Last week's Arctic blast left millions without heat and running water across several states. My ceiling just caved in in their bedroom, but Texas bore the brunt president toward the region's emergency management hub, Learning workers slept on floors and in stairwells during the height of the storm, saving people wrong. Mother would say, sure you do God's work. Dr. Jill Biden help pack boxes of the Houston Food Bank, where demand has surged since the freeze later joined by the president, who did tha status still struggling. More than half a million or under boil. Water advisories and thousands are without water and severe weather. Texas lawmakers slammed the state's energy grid operator and hearings this week for its handling of the
Virgin Galactic delays spaceflight test to May
"Company Virgin Galactic, as postponed its next mission to space from New Mexico until at least May after a test flight from December was aborted due to computer malfunction. Albuquerque Journal reports. An investigation by the company found that electromagnetic interference caused the spaceships onboard computer to re boot during the December flight.
$650 Million Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Settlement Approved by Judge
"Bruce, a federal judges approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook. Allegedly using photo face imaging and other biometric data without the permission of his users. The deal is the result of a class action lawsuit filed in Illinois in 2015 nearly 1.6 million Facebook users in Illinois who submitted claims will be affected. It's one of the largest settlements ever for privacy violation. This is
FDA panel unanimously recommends third Covid vaccine as J&J wins key vote in path to emergency use
"Has approved Ava Green lit. Johnson and Johnson Johnson Johnson vaccine and so they have a formal process that they need to go through which they believe could be done as soon as tomorrow, So that would officially make it approved. And then they can start vaccinating people. They're hoping as soon as this weekend, so potentially Sunday with the John Johnson and Johnson vaccine Hard, very good, and the
US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militias
"Chief President Biden ordered an air strike on in Iranian target in Syria. The White House, calling it an unambiguous message that the administration will act to protect Americans. There's bipartisan support for the U. S air strike, but some lawmakers from both parties are questioning the president's authority to carry out this strike. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, in a statement, saying Congress must require clear legal justifications for military action, adding that Congress has not explicitly authorized any American military action in Syria. The Pentagon brief congressional leaders before the air strike Thursday night. The White House says there will be a full classified briefing for Congress early next week. Karen Travers. ABC
FDA advisers recommend J&J vaccine for emergency authorization
"Amid this new warning from President Biden. There's been another significant step forward for the nation's covert effort. An FDA advisory committee endorsing Johnson and Johnson's covert shot and, according to multiple reports of CDC expects the FDA to grant emergency use authorization tomorrow. CNN Health editor Maggie Fox joining our own Sean Anderson and Hilary Howard earlier to talk about This endorsement was made said that it was a pretty easy decision for them. They said that the data clearly showed that this vaccine is not only effective in preventing severe Corona virus infections, but that it's also a very safe vaccine. So this committee, these advisers to the FDA voted unanimously to recommend that the FDA gives emergency use authorization to the vaccine. Well, the acting commissioner of the FDA, Dr Janet Woodcock, has issued a statement saying that she plans to do that very quickly. Assuming this all happens as it's supposed to what's the timetable here for getting doses made and then distributing them without this is going to be fast doses are already made. As you previously reported there, there's four million doses ready to go. What happens now is what will get an authorization from the FDA. And they say they'll do that so we can expect that probably tomorrow. So Andy slave it who's chief advisor to the White House on these matters, says he expects the FDA to do that tomorrow Saturday. Then it's up to the CDC to decide what people should actually get This authorized vaccine. So the CDC s advisers see Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will be meeting on Sunday, and they'll vote whether Americans should get the vaccine. They may also have some advice about who should get this particular vaccine. CDC director will then say OK, go and the U. S. Is ready to roll with ease, The White House says immediately, which means probably Monday. Maggie quickly before we go. Can we get enough vaccine quickly enough to blunt the rising variants? That is the race? That's what everybody's worried about These variants. Some of them appear to be more contagious and really the best way to get out in front of that is to get as many people vaccinated as fast as possible. Johnson. Vaccines boost that a little bit, but they don't have a whole lot of vaccines ready to go until the end of
US carries out air strikes targeting ‘Iranian-backed’ militias in Syria
"A senior U. S official tells Fox News Theater Act should be seen as a warning to Iran on the militia groups it supports. The Pentagon says it targeted buildings used by militias. In retaliation for recent rocket attacks against American service personnel in Iraq. Russia, which is heavily involved in Syria's civil war, has condemned the strikes. Dave Simon there are covered operates on two U. S. Warships in the Persian Gulf, with sailors infected on the
J&J Single-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Gains Backing From FDA Advisory Panel
"Tool in the fight against Covad 19. ABC is Aaron Could Turkey reports an FDA advisory panel has recommended the Johnson and Johnson vaccine clearing the way for emergency use authorization. After a daylong hearing the FDA is Vaccine Advisory committee considered a single question. The benefits of the Beyonce and covert 19 vaccine outweigh its risks. Or use an individual's 18 years of age and older. The panel voted unanimously in the affirmative, relatively using call. It clearly gets way way over the bar, and it's nice to have a single dose vaccine. Johnson and Johnson has four million doses ready to ship is soon as Monday.