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Biden to respond to disappointing jobs report

Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz(WASHINGTON) -- With the April jobs report falling well below analysts' expectations, President Joe Biden on Friday faced both a challenge to answer why his enormous COVID-19 relief package hasn't created a bigger economic boost, and an opportunity to underscore the need to pass his equally massive jobs and infrastructure plans. Biden is set to deliver remarks Friday morning addressing the economy, after spending much of the week traveling the United States to sell his American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, which would pump nearly $4 trillion in government spending into the economy. Many economists expected nearly one million jobs to be added to the economy in April, but the total was just   ... Read More

An inside look at how Donald Trump’s name came to appear on stimulus checks

U.S. Department of the Treasury(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump has always liked to put his name on things -- in big letters -- on towers, hotels, golf resorts -- even steaks. As president, his black-marker signature was outsize and famously distinctive. So, when questions were raised about whether he would want his name on millions of stimulus checks sent to Americans last year, it not only seemed plausible, it also unleashed a firestorm of criticism from Democrats. Now, internal emails obtained by ABC News give an inside look at the scramble to add Trump's name just days before payments started going out in the middle of a presidential election year. The documents provide a glimpse behind the scenes as the Trump   ... Read More

Rep. Elise Stefanik on path to GOP leadership after aligning with Trump

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In 2016, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., was one of a handful of prominent Republicans to skip the GOP convention in Ohio and later refused to mention former President Donald Trump’s name when asked if she would vote for him. Four years later, after becoming one of his staunchest defenders, Stefanik delivered a keynote speech at the Republican National Convention, calling Trump "the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream," and voted to challenge the results of the election in two states on Jan. 6. Now, she’s on the verge of joining Republican leadership, as a growing number of lawmakers call for Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., to be replaced as the No.   ... Read More

Virginia GOP to vote on nominee for governor in post-Trump era

quackersnaps/iStock(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Virginia Republicans are set to pick a nominee for this year's gubernatorial election at a convention on Saturday, testing the lasting strength of Trumpism in a state that has deepened its blue hue during former President Donald Trump's tenure. In a crowded race with no clear front-runner, ties to Trump and his stalwarts are shaping its contours. The Republican contenders have largely embraced him and earned endorsements from some of his close allies -- ostensibly hoping to reflect the zeal of his base to claim the GOP nomination for the commonwealth's top job. The race features seven candidates but it has splintered into two tiers, with the upper echelon widely seen as narrowing to four: state Sen.   ... Read More

Biden still ‘ready to compromise’ with GOP on infrastructure despite McConnell comments

Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz(WASHINGTON) -- Standing before an aging bridge in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Thursday afternoon, President Joe Biden once again said he's ready to work across the aisle with Republicans to pass his $2.3 trillion infrastructure-focused American Jobs Plan. "I’m willing to hear ideas from both sides," Biden said. "I’m ready to compromise. What I’m not ready to do, I’m not ready to do nothing. I’m not ready to have another period where America has another infrastructure month and doesn't change a damn thing." He will likely get his next chance when he's expected to meet with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy next Wednesday at the White House, along with   ... Read More

GOP Gov. DeSantis signs Florida election bill into law amid new controversy

Veronaa/iStock(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Gov. Ron DeSantis created new controversy around Florida's already controversial new election law Thursday, apparently giving exclusive access to the signing ceremony to Fox News and barring other media outlets from covering the event at the Hilton in West Palm Beach, according to reporters on the ground. "In about an hour, behind this door at meeting facility at Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach, @GovRonDeSantis will sign law making it harder for some people to vote. No Florida reporters allowed in because he’s given an exclusive to cable channel Fox News for the bill signing," tweeted Anthony Man, the senior political writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He said that "hundreds" of DeSantis' and   ... Read More

DHS secretary warns ransomware attacks on the rise, targets include small businesses

Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned that cyberattacks -- specifically ransomware attacks -- are on the rise and targets range from government agencies to small businesses. "The threat is real. The threat is upon us. The risk is to all of us," Mayorkas said at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Now & Then Speaker series Wednesday. "Inform oneself. Educate oneself and defend oneself." A ransomware attack is when hackers lock files on a device and demand a ransom be paid in order to unlock them, according to the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Mayorkas said that $350 million was paid out for ransomware attacks in 2020. Most recently, there was a   ... Read More

Restrictive Texas voting bill advances to floor vote

BDphoto/iStock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- After weeks of debate and political maneuvering, the nation's next showdown over state voting rights lands in Texas on Thursday, when the Republican-backed House Bill 6 -- which seeks to revise the state's election laws -- heads to a floor vote. As written, HB 6 states the path to ensuring "election integrity and security" will come through "increasing criminal penalties" and "creating criminal offenses," which Democrats and voting rights activists said amounts to voter suppression tactics that would disproportionately affect communities of color. "We predict that if these provisions become law, that you're going to have Anglo-watchers-slash-vigilantes disrupting polling places in primarily places where people of color vote (from) inside the polling place, and that voters will   ... Read More

In critical shift, US now backs patent protection waivers for COVID-19 vaccines

ridofranz/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Biden administration now says it supports waiving the intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, opening the door for their possible manufacturing by companies and countries around the world, beyond those that invented them. It is a historic shift and one that advocates and aid groups say is critical for speeding up the end of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. had opposed the waiver, along with pharmaceutical companies like Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer who are concerned about the precedent it would set and accused the administration of taking "an unprecedented step that will undermine our global response to the pandemic and compromise safety." The World Trade Organization is holding negotiations on patent waivers for COVID-19 vaccine   ... Read More

Judge strikes down CDC’s authority to uphold federal eviction freeze

kuzma/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- ​A D.C. district judge ruled Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have the authority to uphold a federal eviction moratorium, which was put in place to prevent those behind on rent because of the pandemic from being evicted from their homes. Judge Dabney Friedrich of the D.C. District Court ordered the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services to vacate the eviction moratorium, which has been in place since last year. Though Friedrich, a Trump-appointed judge, acknowledged the "serious health crisis" presented by the pandemic, she ruled that the eviction moratorium went beyond the CDC and HHS's legal authority to control activities that could increase the spread of disease or infection.   ... Read More

Biden visits taqueria as 186,000 restaurants apply for federal aid from newly opened program

Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- More than 186,000 restaurants flooded the federal government with applications for money in the first two days of a program set up to ameliorate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said Wednesday. President Joe Biden touted the high interest in the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, launched on Monday as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package he signed into law nearly two months ago, as an industry group warned the fund's popularity could cause it to quickly exhaust its $28.6 billion in funding. "Whether it's our economy or our sense of community, we’re relying on restaurants to play a big role in our recovery," Biden said at the White House   ... Read More

Cheney not fighting, but not backing down in face of Trump, Republican backlash

uschools/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- As House Republican leaders actively kept trying Wednesday to oust a member of their own leadership team – No. 3 Rep. Liz Cheney – the congresswoman wasn't backing down -- but she wasn't openly fighting the move, either. The embattled Wyoming representative has told people she doesn’t believe it’s worth serving as the Republican Party’s conference chair if it requires lying about the election results, a source familiar with the congresswoman’s thinking told ABC News. Cheney has angered her Republican colleagues in the days and weeks following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by repeatedly calling out former President Donald Trump’s election lies, which she said she believes played a major role in inciting the insurrection. In February, Cheney   ... Read More

Trump responds after Facebook ban extended pending additional review

Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former President Donald Trump will remain banned on Facebook for now, the Facebook Oversight Board announced Wednesday, adding that Facebook must review the matter in the next six months to determine a defined penalty. Facebook announced on Jan. 7 that Trump was locked out of his accounts on Facebook and Instagram indefinitely in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol siege, over concerns that his posts were inciting violence. Trump responded to the board's ruling in a statement: "What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country. Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics   ... Read More

‘Herd immunity’ gives way to ‘good enough’ as Biden sets new benchmark for vaccines

Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden's new benchmark in the fight against COVID-19 -- ensuring 70% of American adults get at least one shot by July 4 -- seems to be a tacit acknowledgement of what scientists have been saying now for months: Eradicating the virus that causes COVID-19 might not be possible. But if enough Americans get some protection, it'll become manageable. That approach is being embraced by scientists and politicians alike as a considerably more pragmatic approach to dealing with COVID-19 than the idea of waiting on "herd immunity," especially considering that a fourth of Americans might never accept the vaccine. "We're going to have highs and lows of case numbers potentially for   ... Read More

Biden sets new vaccination goals for Americans

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden set a new goal for vaccinations in America, calling for 70% of the U.S. adult population to have at least one shot and 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by July 4 in remarks on Tuesday afternoon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, as of Tuesday, 105 million Americans are fully vaccinated, while 147 million have had at least one dose. "That means giving close to 100 million shots -- some first shots, others' second shots -- over the next 60 days," Biden said. Over the past 60 days, about 153 million doses have been distributed, so the new goal would represent a significant slowdown. In the past, the   ... Read More

Biden to call for states to make all Americans eligible for vaccine by April 19

Official White House Photo by Adam SchultzBy Ben Gittleson, Karen Travers and Sasha Pezenik, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden on Tuesday will call for states and cities to allow all Americans to be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination by April 19, two weeks before the May 1 deadline he had previously set, according to a White House official.Last week, the president said he expected 90% of Americans to be eligible by April 19. The White House on Tuesday did not confirm, though, whether it had gained assurances from several states that had yet to announce they were opening up eligibility for all by then, although an official said the federal government likely would not seek to mandate the   ... Read More

Permanent resident who hoped Biden would be his ‘miracle’ is set to be deported

Maria RodriguezBy Lauren Lantry, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Kelvin Silva, 44, hoped President Joe Biden would take a different stance than his predecessor by not deporting him."We just need a miracle," Silva told ABC News in December. "I'm depending and hoping for when Biden takes the presidency, he can help us out of this situation."But his miracle never manifested. Silva is set to be deported Tuesday, according to his lawyer."We thought there was going to be a change," Jasmine Pena, Silva's sister, told ABC News Monday. "I thought he was going to at least get a chance to finish arguing his case. It's really disappointing, especially since he's been here since he was so young. He knows nothing about the (Dominican)   ... Read More

Biden to respond to disappointing jobs report

Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz(WASHINGTON) -- With the April jobs report falling well below analysts' expectations, President Joe Biden on Friday faced both a challenge to answer why his enormous COVID-19 relief package hasn't created a bigger economic boost, and an opportunity to underscore the need to pass   ... Read More

An inside look at how Donald Trump’s name came to appear on stimulus checks

U.S. Department of the Treasury(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump has always liked to put his name on things -- in big letters -- on towers, hotels, golf resorts -- even steaks. As president, his black-marker signature was outsize and famously distinctive. So, when questions were raised about whether he would want   ... Read More

Rep. Elise Stefanik on path to GOP leadership after aligning with Trump

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In 2016, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., was one of a handful of prominent Republicans to skip the GOP convention in Ohio and later refused to mention former President Donald Trump’s name when asked if she would vote for him. Four years later, after becoming   ... Read More

Virginia GOP to vote on nominee for governor in post-Trump era

quackersnaps/iStock(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Virginia Republicans are set to pick a nominee for this year's gubernatorial election at a convention on Saturday, testing the lasting strength of Trumpism in a state that has deepened its blue hue during former President Donald Trump's tenure. In a crowded race with no clear front-runner,   ... Read More

Biden still ‘ready to compromise’ with GOP on infrastructure despite McConnell comments

Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz(WASHINGTON) -- Standing before an aging bridge in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Thursday afternoon, President Joe Biden once again said he's ready to work across the aisle with Republicans to pass his $2.3 trillion infrastructure-focused American Jobs Plan. "I’m willing to hear ideas from both   ... Read More

GOP Gov. DeSantis signs Florida election bill into law amid new controversy

Veronaa/iStock(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Gov. Ron DeSantis created new controversy around Florida's already controversial new election law Thursday, apparently giving exclusive access to the signing ceremony to Fox News and barring other media outlets from covering the event at the Hilton in West Palm Beach, according to reporters on   ... Read More

DHS secretary warns ransomware attacks on the rise, targets include small businesses

Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned that cyberattacks -- specifically ransomware attacks -- are on the rise and targets range from government agencies to small businesses. "The threat is real. The threat is upon us. The risk is to all of us," Mayorkas said at   ... Read More

Restrictive Texas voting bill advances to floor vote

BDphoto/iStock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- After weeks of debate and political maneuvering, the nation's next showdown over state voting rights lands in Texas on Thursday, when the Republican-backed House Bill 6 -- which seeks to revise the state's election laws -- heads to a floor vote. As written, HB 6 states the   ... Read More

In critical shift, US now backs patent protection waivers for COVID-19 vaccines

ridofranz/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Biden administration now says it supports waiving the intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, opening the door for their possible manufacturing by companies and countries around the world, beyond those that invented them. It is a historic shift and one that advocates and aid groups say is   ... Read More

Judge strikes down CDC’s authority to uphold federal eviction freeze

kuzma/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- ​A D.C. district judge ruled Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have the authority to uphold a federal eviction moratorium, which was put in place to prevent those behind on rent because of the pandemic from being evicted from their homes. Judge Dabney   ... Read More

Biden visits taqueria as 186,000 restaurants apply for federal aid from newly opened program

Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- More than 186,000 restaurants flooded the federal government with applications for money in the first two days of a program set up to ameliorate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said Wednesday. President Joe Biden touted the high interest in   ... Read More

Cheney not fighting, but not backing down in face of Trump, Republican backlash

uschools/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- As House Republican leaders actively kept trying Wednesday to oust a member of their own leadership team – No. 3 Rep. Liz Cheney – the congresswoman wasn't backing down -- but she wasn't openly fighting the move, either. The embattled Wyoming representative has told people she doesn’t believe   ... Read More

Trump responds after Facebook ban extended pending additional review

Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former President Donald Trump will remain banned on Facebook for now, the Facebook Oversight Board announced Wednesday, adding that Facebook must review the matter in the next six months to determine a defined penalty. Facebook announced on Jan. 7 that Trump was locked   ... Read More

‘Herd immunity’ gives way to ‘good enough’ as Biden sets new benchmark for vaccines

Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden's new benchmark in the fight against COVID-19 -- ensuring 70% of American adults get at least one shot by July 4 -- seems to be a tacit acknowledgement of what scientists have been saying now for months: Eradicating the   ... Read More

Biden sets new vaccination goals for Americans

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden set a new goal for vaccinations in America, calling for 70% of the U.S. adult population to have at least one shot and 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by July 4 in remarks on Tuesday afternoon. The Centers for Disease Control   ... Read More

Biden to call for states to make all Americans eligible for vaccine by April 19

Official White House Photo by Adam SchultzBy Ben Gittleson, Karen Travers and Sasha Pezenik, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden on Tuesday will call for states and cities to allow all Americans to be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination by April 19, two weeks before the May 1 deadline   ... Read More

Permanent resident who hoped Biden would be his ‘miracle’ is set to be deported

Maria RodriguezBy Lauren Lantry, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Kelvin Silva, 44, hoped President Joe Biden would take a different stance than his predecessor by not deporting him."We just need a miracle," Silva told ABC News in December. "I'm depending and hoping for when Biden takes the presidency, he can help us   ... Read More
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