Tag: Administration

National Archives says it is still missing some Trump administration records

The National Archives and Records Administration said on Friday that it is still missing some records from the Trump administration. “While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we do know that we do not have custody of everything we should,” Archivist Debra Steidel Wall said in a letter to the House Oversight and Reform […]

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Biden marks fifth anniversary of Las Vegas shooting: ‘May we resolve to turn our heartbreak into action’

President Biden called for additional gun control legislation on Saturday, as he marked the fifth anniversary of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. “Jill and I mourn with all those who lost a piece of their soul on October 1st, 2017,” Biden said in a press release. “May God bless those taken from us and comfort […]

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Venezuela frees 7 imprisoned Americans in exchange for US releasing 2 of Maduro’s relatives

Venezuela has freed seven Americans who have been imprisoned in the South American country for years in exchange for the United States releasing two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.  President Biden said in a statement on Saturday that the seven included five members of what is known as the “Citgo Six” — Jorge Toledo, […]

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Biden declares emergency in North Carolina as Ian moves through state

President Biden declared an emergency in North Carolina on Saturday as post-tropical cyclone Ian, downgraded from a hurricane on Friday, moves through the state. The White House said in a release that Biden ordered federal assistance to back up state, local and tribal response efforts to the conditions that have resulted from the storm since […]

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Trump administration staffer crammed pictures of Hunter Biden into White House AC unit: book

A Trump administration staff member crammed pictures of President Biden’s son Hunter Biden into the White House’s air conditioning unit during the presidential transition, breaking it, according to a new book set to be released on Tuesday. The action by the employee, who worked for then-Presidential Personnel Office Director John McEntee, was one of several […]

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Biden admin urges court not to allow guns on DC Metro trains

The Biden administration on Friday urged a Washington, D.C., court to uphold the District’s ban on carrying handguns on its Metro trains.  The administration filed a statement of interest, which is meant to declare the country’s interests in a federal court case, to oppose a lawsuit four individuals filed to block D.C.’s law banning handguns […]

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Trump deposition in rape accuser’s defamation suit scheduled for Oct. 19

Former President Trump is scheduled to give testimony on Oct. 19 in a deposition for the defamation suit filed against him by a woman who has accused him of rape.  A letter filed in court Friday from the attorney of E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of raping her in the 1990s, revealed the scheduling. […]

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HHS: Price of more than 1,200 drugs outpaced inflation

More than 1,200 prescription drugs rose in price faster than the rate of inflation between 2021 and 2022, according to a new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday. Between July 2021 and July 2022, the prices for 1,216 drugs rose more than the 8.6 percent rate of inflation, […]

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Ex-Trump adviser Stephen Miller: Biden should be in ‘assisted living facility’ after dead congresswoman gaffe

Former Trump White House adviser Stephen Miller said Thursday that President Biden should be in “assisted living” after he asked if a congresswoman who died earlier this year was in the audience at an administration event. “It documents … that President Biden is not cognitively present,” Miller said in an interview on Newsmax on Thursday […]

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Biden rejects Putin’s ‘fraudulent’ Ukrainian annexations

President Biden on Friday vowed to hold Russia accountable for its “fraudulent attempt” to annex Ukrainian territory and called on other countries to do the same.  Biden blasted a move earlier in the day by Russian President Vladimir Putin to announce the annexation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, four Ukrainian regions that he claimed […]

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Biden administration unveils Russia sanctions in response to annexations

The Biden administration on Friday announced a new round of sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian territories, targeting government and military officials and their family members. The departments of Treasury, Commerce and State each announced separate sanctions intended to target decisionmakers in Moscow, allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin and entities that […]

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Biden approves emergency declaration as Ian bears down on South Carolina

President Biden late Thursday approved an emergency declaration for South Carolina, as Hurricane Ian barreled toward the state with increasing strength. Ian, which was briefly downgraded to a tropical storm after tearing through Florida on Wednesday, was upgraded to a hurricane once again on Thursday night.  Top Latino group launches Texas ad: ‘Abbott abandoned us’ […]

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Biden administration estimates student loan plan will cost $379B

President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is expected to cost the federal government $379 billion, according to a new estimate from the U.S. Department of Education released on Thursday. Over the next decade, the one-time debt cancellation of up to $20,000 is estimated to cost about $30 billion a year, the Department of Education found. However, the […]

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DOJ official and NY attorney launch initiative against hate crimes in Buffalo

Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York Trini Ross on Thursday announced the launch of its United Against Hate initiative, aimed at combatting hate crimes in Buffalo, N.Y.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this year pledged to fortify its efforts to combat hate […]

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Biden’s student borrower forgiveness program updated to exclude private loans

President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan was abruptly updated on Thursday to exclude borrowers with privately held federal student loans, according to Education Department guidance. As of Thursday, borrowers with federal student loans not held by the Education Department are no longer eligible to obtain one-time debt relief by consolidating those loans into Direct Loans, […]

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Biden says political disagreements with DeSantis ‘irrelevant,’ plans to visit Florida

President Biden on Thursday said that his political disagreements with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are irrelevant during the Hurricane Ian response efforts, adding that he plans to visit the state when he can. “It’s totally irrelevant, but I’ll answer it,” he said when asked about his relationship with DeSantis. “He complimented me, he thanked […]

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House Democrats demand resignation of World Bank chief over climate remarks

Twenty-seven House Democrats have joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the resignation of World Bank chief David Malpass after he made comments that critics say smacked of climate denial. In a letter sent Thursday to President Biden, representatives Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Sean Casten (D-Ill.) and 25 other Democrats said Malpass’s recent comments were […]

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Biden: Hurricane Ian ‘could be the deadliest’ in Florida’s history

President Biden on Thursday warned Hurricane Ian could prove to be the deadliest storm in Florida’s history as it punished swaths of the state with flooding rains and damaging winds.  “This could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history. The numbers are still unclear, but we’re hearing early reports of what may be substantial loss […]

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Biden warns Democrats not to be complacent during elections in highlighting Italy’s far-right leader win

President Biden on Wednesday used the election of a far-right leader in Italy to warn against Democrats being too complacent in the upcoming elections. “You just saw what’s happened in Italy in that election. You’re seeing what’s happening around the world. And the reason I bother to say that is we can’t be sanguine about […]

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Panel recommended release of US intelligence report on Khashoggi murder: report

A government panel has recommended that President Biden declassify the full intelligence report on the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Wall Street Journal reported.  The Journal reported on Thursday that the Public Interest Declassification Board, a group of experts that advocate for increased transparency with national security information, made the recommendation in […]

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US appoints biodiversity envoy to tackle species issues abroad

The United States appointed a new advocate for issues relating to animal and plant species conservation.  Monica Medina will serve as a special envoy for biodiversity and water resources, working on global matters related to these issues, the State Department said Wednesday.  Medina is currently the State Department’s assistant secretary for oceans and international environmental […]

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Harris ends Asia trip with DMZ visit, stresses ‘ironclad’ commitment to South Korea

Vice President Harris on Thursday visited the Demilitarized Zone as part of her trip to South Korea, hours before South Korea’s military reported that North Korea fired another ballistic missile. Harris’ visit was the last stop on her four-day trip to Asia and she stressed the ironclad commitment the U.S. has to South Korea. “Here […]

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