Tag: Obama

U.S. notified Israel in advance about strike on Iran-backed militia facilities in Syria

The Biden administration notified Israel in advance about the airstrike against an Iranian-backed Shiite militia base on the Syrian-Iraqi border Thursday evening, Israeli officials told me.Why it matters: The airstrike was the first overt military action by the U.S. in…

/ February 26, 2021
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Merrick Garland vows to lead Capitol attack prosecutions if confirmed as attorney general

Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland will pledge to take the lead in prosecuting those charged over the U.S. Capitol siege and vow prosecutorial independence from President Biden at his confirmation hearing Monday.Why it matters: As attorney general, Judge Garland would…

/ February 21, 2021
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Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers emerge as troublemakers

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership. Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing…

/ January 28, 2021
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Biden opts for five-year extension of New START nuclear treaty with Russia

President Biden will seek a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms control pact with Russia before it expires on Feb. 5, senior officials told the Washington Post.Why it matters: The 2010 treaty is the last remaining constraint on…

/ January 21, 2021
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Inauguration Day dashboard

Joe Biden's inauguration and the days right after will bring a rat-tat-tat burst of climate policy moves, but keep this in mind amid the splashy pledges: pushing through most of his agenda will be a long, uncertain slog.Why it matters:…

/ January 20, 2021
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In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

Cities across the U.S. lit up to honor Americans killed by the pandemic, as President-elect Joe Biden led a national mourning during a sunset ceremony in Washington, D.C., on the eve of his inauguration.The big picture: Standing at the Lincoln…

/ January 20, 2021
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Biden picks Warren allies to lead SEC, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

President-elect Joe Biden has selected FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Obama-era Wall Street regulator Gary Gensler to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).Why it matters: Both picks…

/ January 18, 2021
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America’s global image is in tatters

President-elect Biden declared during the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday that "the world is watching." Indeed, the world was watching long before that.Why it matters: Biden has made restoring America's global image, leadership and alliances the cornerstone of…

/ January 7, 2021
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Trump era drives largest-ever party divide in media trust

The gap in trust between Democrats and Republicans in mass media reached an all-time high during the Trump administration, according to an annual Gallup poll.Why it matters: The divide represents one of the most profound elements of President Trump's legacy.Over…

/ December 31, 2020
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Tucker Carlson Calls Jill Biden’s Doctoral Dissertation ‘Our National Shame’

Days after Tucker Carlson taunted Jill Biden for using the title Dr, the Fox News personality on Wednesday claimed to be doing his journalistic duty by critiquing the incoming first lady’s doctoral dissertation. (See the videos below.) “Jill Biden’s doctoral dissertation is our…

/ December 18, 2020
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Biden considering Republicans for Commerce secretary

President-elect Joe Biden is considering some well-known Republicans — think Meg Whitman types — for Commerce secretary as a way to signal to red-state Americans he understands their concerns and plans to address them.The big picture: Biden's team is debating…

/ December 16, 2020
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Biden taps former EPA head Gina McCarthy as climate czar

President-elect Joe Biden will tap Gina McCarthy, who led the Environmental Protection Agency under former President Obama, as White House climate czar, according to a person familiar with the news and multiple reports.Driving the news: McCarthy will manage domestic climate…

/ December 16, 2020
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Barack Obama Trolls Donald Trump With Birther Joke

Former US President Barack Obama poked fun at President Donald Trump’s baseless and racist birther attacks on him in a preview of an interview that will air in full on Tuesday’s episode of “The Daily Show.” In the teaser clip released…

/ December 15, 2020