(CNN) — A sitting president of the United States is usually the person who drives political conversation. Former presidents tend to be an afterthought. But even as we stand more than six months into Joe Biden's administration, the President is fighting for attention with his predecessor, Donald Trump, to a degree not seen in recent history. The impact of this dynamic could upend expectations about the midterm elections.
Congress & CourtsPosted byCNN
When a group of 22 senators negotiates a $1 trillion bill, conversations can go off track. And when they did — "far too many (times) to recount," joked one senior staffer — Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema would urge them to finish the job, even if that required some liquid courage.
Former President Donald Trump has been holding meetings with "Cabinet members" at his golf club in New Jersey this week, according to a top ally.
Public HealthPosted byABC News
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 195 million people worldwide and killed over 4.1 million of them.
The Biden administration's handling of the Delta surge has left Americans confused and frustrated, fueling media overreaction and political manipulation. Why it matters: The past year and a half have left Americans cynical about the government's COVID response, and — in many cases — misinformed or uninformed. We're getting fog and reversals when steady, clear-eyed, factual information is needed more than ever.
Ironically but true, the president elected mainly to be different from the last guy is feeding his own ego while his approval rating goes down every day, poll
Joe Biden was required to only be different from the previous guy, but instead of accomplishing that one simple task he started feeding his own ego shortly after taking over the White House. But the honeymoon is over and someone should remind Joe about that. Meanwhile, following the initial rating...
Maryland StatePosted byReport Annapolis
State Delegate Erek Barron Nominated as United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, White House Says
President Joe Biden has nominated a state delegate to serve as US Attorney for the District of Maryland, according to an announcement made by the White House. Erek L. Barron is a partner at the law firm of Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP. He has also been a member of the Maryland legislature since 2015. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Barron served as Counsel and Policy Advisor to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs.
Congress & CourtsPosted bySalon
A federal eviction moratorium is set to expire Saturday at midnight after a full day of scrambling in Congress on Friday to extend the deadline — with the policy sunset, along with a failure to provide desperately needed emergency rental aid, putting millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes.
Presidential ElectionPosted byThe Guardian
Ex-president attempts to claim he was not trying to subvert democracy when he urged DoJ officials to falsely claim election was not legitimate
China and Australia ramped up Covid-19 curbs Saturday as Delta variant cases surged and tens of thousands rallied in France against restrictions designed to stop the pandemic. The Delta variant, which was first identified in India, is forcing governments to reimpose tough measures, while other nations are reconsidering plans to open their economies. The variant has spread to 132 countries and territories. The pandemic has killed more than four million people and shows no sign of slowing. "Delta is a warning: it's a warning that the virus is evolving but it is also a call to action that we need to move now before more dangerous variants emerge," the World Health Organization's emergencies director Michael Ryan told journalists.
New York City, NYPosted byThe Week
Trump raised nearly $50 million more than next highest Republican in first half of 2021, campaign filings show
Former President Donald Trump is still reeling in significantly more money than any other Republican months after he left office, The New York Times reports. Per the Times, committees affiliated with Trump raised $56 million online in the early months of 2021. To put that it in perspective, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was second in online fundraising among GOP politicians at $7.8 million. Trump also outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the Republican National Committee.
Presidential ElectionMother Jones
Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter. The federal eviction moratorium ends today, and housing rights advocates and tenants around the country worry that anywhere between hundreds of thousands and millions of people will be thrown onto the streets in the coming days and weeks. Congressional Democrats on Friday night attempted to pass an extension of the moratorium. Not only couldn’t they get any Republicans to sign on, but they couldn’t even persuade enough of their own members to hammer out a deal done before adjourning for a six-week summer recess.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Wednesday it is working to fully approve the COVID-19 vaccines as coronavirus cases continue to rise and vaccination rates drop. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey released this month found that among the one-third of U.S. adults surveyed who are unvaccinated, 16%...
Millions of Americans could find themselves homeless starting Sunday as a nationwide ban on evictions expires, against a backdrop of surging coronavirus cases and political fingerpointing. With billions in government funds meant to help renters still untapped, President Joe Biden this week urged Congress to extend the 11-month-old moratorium, after a recent Supreme Court ruling meant the White House could not do so. But Republicans balked at Democratic efforts to extend the eviction ban through mid October, and the House of Representatives adjourned for its summer vacation Friday without renewing it. Several left-wing Democrats spent the night outside the Capitol in protest -- calling out their colleagues over the failure to act.
Presidential ElectionPosted byAxios
White House national climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm celebrated progress on President Biden's infrastructure package by taking a spin in a Kenworth fuel-cell, zero-emissions Class A truck. What they're saying: "We have a deal, a Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework deal," Granholm said. McCarthy responded: "it's big and...
Congress & CourtsPosted byCNN
Rep. Cori Bush slammed her House colleagues for adjourning for August recess without passing an extension of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's eviction moratorium for renters, which is set to expire Saturday night.
Public HealthPosted byAxios
A growing number of companies are thinking about requiring employees to vax up for work. Why it matters: COVID-19 vaccination rates are plateauing across the country while infections spike. Mandating that all employees be vaccinated will make some workers feel safer about returning to the office — but it risks alienating those who are opposed to getting the jab.