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    White House reveals official portraits of Barack, Michelle Obama

    President Biden praised Barack Obama as one of “the most consequential presidents in our history” as he unveiled the ex-commander in chief and Michelle Obama’s official portraits in a long-delayed ceremony at the White House.

    “There are a few people I’ve ever known with more integrity, decency and moral courage than Barack Obama,” Biden said on Wednesday in the East Room — packed with alumni of the Obama administration — as the former first family looked on.

    “These portraits have a special significance because, as Joe mentioned, they will hang in the White House alongside portraits of other presidents and first ladies dating back to George and Martha,” Obama, flanked by his wife, remarked.

    Obama’s portrait, by artist Robert McCurdy, shows the former president sporting a black suit and grey tie. The painting was created from photographs taken of Obama by McCurdy, which the White House said the artist preferred over working from sketches based on sittings.

    The white backgrounds of McCurdy’s portraits “allow the viewer to establish a relationship with the subject,” the White House said, “the focus shifts from the celebrity-status of the individual to the viewer’s direct response to that individual as a human being.”

    Obama lauded McCurdy’s work, saying, “What I love about Robert is that he paints people exactly the way they are — for better or worse.”

    “He captures every wrinkle on your face, every crease in your shirt. You’ll note that he refused to hide any of my gray hairs, refused my request to make my ears smaller,” Obama said.

    “He also talked me out of wearing a tan suit,” Obama cracked to laughs, a reference to an infamous 2014 sartorial choice that made headlines.

    Sharon Sprung painted the image of Michelle Obama that will hang in the White House. “By methodically manipulating the layers of paint, she works to mimic the complexity of real life in her portrait compositions,” the White House said in a statement about the portraits.

    While typically not an eyebrow-raising custom, the tradition of a first-term president unveiling the official portrait of their immediate predecessor was a precedent-shattering casualty of former President Trump’s time in office. Trump reportedly declined to host Obama — his longtime political nemesis — for such a ceremony during his term. Obama was also opposed to participating in the tradition with Trump, according to news reports.

    Michelle Obama struck a serious tone while addressing the crowd gathered.

    “It’s still a big awkward for me to stand in this historic space, see this big, beautiful painting staring back at me,” Obama said.

    Growing up in Chicago, 58-year-old Obama said, “I never could have imagined that any of this would be part of my story.”

    “But even if it’s all still a bit awkward for me, I do recognize why moments like these are important. — why all of this is absolutely necessary,” she said.

    “Traditions like this matter — not just for those of us who hold these positions, but for everyone participating in and watching our democracy,” Obama said, without mentioning Trump by name.

    “You see the people that made their voices heard with their vote,” she continued.

    “And once our time is up, we move on. And all that remains in this hallowed place are our good efforts, and these portraits,” Obama said.

    The first public view of the Obamas’ official portraits also faced further delays beyond the Trump presidency due to COVID-19. The pair of paintings was originally expected to be revealed last year, but the ceremony was reportedly postponed because of the pandemic.

    The event marked the first trip back to the White House for Michelle Obama since she was first lady. The former president had returned to the White House in April — his first visit since Biden took office — to promote the Affordable Care Act.

    The Obamas’ portraits will have a permanent home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said this week ahead of the ceremony. The artwork, she said, “will hang on the walls of the White House forever as reminders of the power of hope and change.”

    “A girl like me, she was never supposed to be up there next to Jacqueline Kennedy and Dolley Madison,” Michelle Obama said in the moments after her portrait was unveiled. “She was never supposed to live in this house and she definitely wasn’t supposed to serve as first lady.”

    “What we’re looking at today — a portrait of a biracial kid with an unusual name, and the daughter of a water pump operator and a stay-at-home mom — what we are seeing is a reminder that there’s a place for everyone in this country,” she said.


    Michelle Obama digs at Trump: ‘Once our time is up, we move on’








    President Biden is leading former President Trump by 6 points in a hypothetical 2024 presidential match-up, new polling shows.

    In a Yahoo News-YouGov poll released Wednesday, 48 percent of registered voters said they’d cast their ballot for Biden “if the 2024 election were held today,” while 42 percent said they’d vote for Trump.

    Biden held a 3-point lead in the hypothetical 2020 rematch in a similar August poll. Trump’s support was steady across both surveys.
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    The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday issued its final rule to rescind a Trump-era immigration policy that limited benefits for immigrants who used public assistance benefits, such as housing vouchers or Medicaid.

    Driving the news: The DHS law rolls back Trump's "public charge" immigration rule, which restricted immigration benefits for foreigners who "are likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence," per the DHS .


    • The new rule "restores the historical understanding of a ‘public charge’ that had been in place for decades," DHS said, adding that the Trump administration considered "supplemental public health benefits ... as part of the public charge inadmissibility determination."
    • The Biden administration stopped enforcing the rule within months of taking office, Politico reports.


    What they're saying: "This action ensures fair and humane treatment of legal immigrants and their U.S. citizen family members," Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.


    • "Consistent with America’s bedrock values, we will not penalize individuals for choosing to access the health benefits and other supplemental government services available to them."


    What to watch: The final rule is set to go into effect on Dec. 23.

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    Senate negotiators expect to reach a deal on a bill to protect same-sex marriages in time to begin considering it on floor next week, which would put it on a path to pass before the end of the month.

    Republican negotiators caution they haven’t yet locked down 10 GOP votes to overcome an expected filibuster against the bill, but they say they are making good progress.

    “We’re not there yet,” said one Senate GOP source familiar with the soft whip count. “I think we’ll get there, but we’re not there yet.”

    Negotiators believe they will work out a compromise to protect the views of religious groups that don’t recognize same-sex marriage, which would then attract more Republican support for the legislation.

    “I’m uncertain what exactly the schedule will be but [we] will start the process, next week, I’m told, but it will really be the following week” that the bill gets done, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said while leaving the Capitol Thursday.

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the lead Democratic negotiator, confirmed the expectation is to “start the process at the end of next week.”

    Negotiators still need to finalize the language of an amendment to modify the original bill crafted by Baldwin and Collins in order to address the concerns of some Republican senators who worry the legislation could create legal problems for religious groups that don’t recognize same-sex marriage.

    But those final details are expected to get hammered out next week.

    Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) told The Hill Thursday that he expected the final legislative language to be worked out by next week, but expressed uncertainty about the timing of the bill.

    He and other negotiators, including Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), have kept in close touch with each other since returning to Washington after Labor Day to get the bill ready for the floor.

    Senators have a small window to act before Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) moves to a short-term government funding measure, which needs to pass by Sept. 30 to avoid a shutdown.

    Schumer on Wednesday said he does not want to add the marriage equality legislation to the funding stopgap, an idea Senate Democratic leadership floated Tuesday to force Republicans to commit to a path for getting the bill passed through the Senate.

    GOP lawmakers — and Baldwin — balked at the idea of combining the two pieces of legislation, putting pressure on Republicans to commit to considering a standalone marriage equality bill on the Senate floor in the next few weeks, according to Senate Democratic aides.

    The trial balloon about wrapping marriage equality legislation into a two-and-a-half-month government funding measure got lawmakers and media outlets focused on the marriage issue at the start of the week, putting a spotlight on whether GOP senators would block it.

    Senators are still uncertain, however, which 10 Republicans will support the bill when it comes to the floor.

    One prospect, retiring Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), said Thursday that he was not involved in the negotiations.

    “I’m going to look at the bill when they produce it, but I’m not involved in any talks,” he said.

    Another possible yes vote, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), said he is still deliberating over how to vote.

    “I’m consulting with my constituents about it,” he said.

    A Senate aide noted that Young was spotted on the floor Thursday afternoon chatting with a couple of the negotiators who are working on the final version.

    Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), another Republican who has joined past bipartisan efforts, said he’s a “no” vote.

    “It’s not necessary, I don’t think,” he said. “I personally am not planning on voting for it.”

    Collins, Baldwin and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in July to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensconce marriage equality into federal law.

    The senators announced the legislation after conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas urged fellow justices to reconsider the court’s landmark 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, when it ruled that the 14th Amendment’s protection of the right to marry applies to same-sex couples.

    The House passed its version of the Respect for Marriage Act in July by a vote of 267 to 157, with 47 Republicans joining all Democrats in passing the measure.

    Some Republicans, however, worry the legislation could create unintended legal consequences for religious groups that don’t support same-sex marriage.

    “One of the things that has been raised is that an institution that doesn’t support gay marriage, say a Catholic charity helping orphans, that they would somehow face consequences such as funding cuts,” said a source familiar with the negotiations.

    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said his vote will depend on how the language to protect religious liberty is drafted.

    “I have questions and concerns about religious liberty and that being included as part of the legislation, so we’re working on that,” he said, adding he is a possible “yes” vote, “depending on how it turns out.”

    Republican lawmakers also want to make sure that the legislation isn’t drafted in a way that might somehow be interpreted as granting federal protection to polygamous marriages.

    People familiar with the negotiations say that Republicans who are raising concerns over sections of the bill are, by and large, getting the changes they have requested, building momentum for final passage of the bill in the third full week of September.

    Schumer on Wednesday guaranteed a vote on the bill “in the coming weeks.”

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    I can't think of anything better than every single gay person in America hating the Republicans after watching them fillibuster such a bill.

    Talk about guaranteed Democrat votes.

    Some Republicans, however, worry the legislation could create unintended legal consequences for religious groups that don’t support same-sex marriage.
    No, they're worried about losing votes. Fuck all else.

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    President Biden delivers remarks in Detroit on electric vehicles manufacturing boom. President Biden starts at 38:45





    President Joe Biden announced Wednesday the release of the first round of funding for a nationwide electric vehicle charging network, financing the construction of stations in 35 states.

    “I’m pleased to announce that we’re approving funding for the first 35 states, including Michigan, to build their own charging infrastructure throughout their state,” Biden said at the Detroit Auto Show, standing in front of a spate of electric vehicles.

    Biden has been a big proponent of EVs, signing into law incentives to encourage consumers to buy them and companies to build them. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $7.5 billion for a national EV charging network while the Inflation Reduction Act and the CHIPS and Science Act both included provisions fostering development of the industry in the United States.

    “You all are going to be part of a network of 500,000 charging stations — 500,000 — across the country, installed by the IBEW,” Biden said, referring to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers labor union.

    Biden noted that his administration has put $135 billion toward electric vehicle development and creation.

    “It used to be that to buy an electric car you had to make all sorts of compromises, not today,” Biden said. “Look, the great American road trip is going to be fully electrified, whether you’re driving coast to coast along I-10 or on I-75 here in Michigan, charging stations will be up and easy to find as easy as they are now.”

    The lack of ubiquitous chargers remains one of the largest barriers for electric vehicles nationwide. Tax credits included in the Inflation Reduction Act are meant to give Americans incentives to purchase electric vehicles, including to buy used electric vehicles for the first time.


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    • Joe Biden can take the BEAST to the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey due to 'security reasons' but lesser leaders will have to take the bus


    President Biden will be able to take the armored Beast to the Queen's funeral next week while 'lesser' world leaders will be asked to take the shared bus, as is standard protocol.

    Logistical preparations are underway for the largest gathering of foreign dignitaries on British soil since former Prime Minister Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965, and funeral planners worry that gathering over 100 kings, queens and heads of state will clog up the streets surrounding Westminster Abbey, where the service will take place on Monday, Sept. 19.

    While many world leaders will be asked to ride shared buses in from an undisclosed location in west London, there will be exceptions for the most prominent - including Biden, according to The UK Times.

    The Beast, the U.S. president's $1.5million Cadillac, boasts of night vision cameras, tear gas cannons, and 8 inches of armor.

    Its doors weigh as much as those on a Boeing 757 aircraft and its tires are pneumatic run-flats so the vehicle can still drive even if they are deflated. The president also can use a state-of-the-art communication system that is built into the Beast, which weighs about 20,000 pounds.

    There is also a secure oxygen system and a supply of the president’s own blood in case of an emergency.

    The vehicle was built to withstand chemical and biological attacks as well as bullets and explosions, with its chassis said to be effectively 'indestructible.'

    Its windows are said to be 3 inches thick while the steel-and-ceramic armor is said to be 8 inches thick.

    Based on security concerns, several others, including President Macron of France, President Herzog of Israel and Emperor Naruhito of Japan are likely to have their own transportation.

    All countries with diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom will be asked to have a representative at the service, though delegations will be smaller than usual. All countries have been told their maximum allocation of seats is limited to the head of state or representative plus their partner.

    Buckingham Palace issued a personal invitation to the first couple on late Saturday night and the Bidens accepted it on Sunday.

    The guest list has not yet been finalized, but despite the war with Ukraine, Russia is expected to be represented by its ambassador and North Korea is also expected to be represented, according to The Times.

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    Support for Biden recovered from a low of 36% in July to 45%, driven in large part by a rebound in support from Democrats just two months before the November midterm elections.
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    The following countries dirtbag leaders have not been invited:

    Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Belarus.... and Russia.

    I guess Puffy knows his level now.


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    President Biden on Friday signed a bill that will eliminate the statute of limitations for people who were sexually abused as minors to file civil claims.

    The Eliminating Limits to Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims Act was passed by the House by voice vote on Tuesday after passing the Senate by unanimous consent in March.

    The bill eliminates time constraints for survivors to file civil claims related to sex abuse crimes against minors, including forced labor, sex trafficking, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.

    Previously, minors who survived such abuse were able to file federal claims until they reached the age of 28 or until a decade after the violation or injury was discovered.

    No federal statute of limitations was in place for criminal claims regarding child sex abuse.

    The bill was initially introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and co-sponsored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

    “The science of trauma is clear: it often takes years for victims to come forward,” Durbin said in a statement after the House passed the bill. “Our bipartisan bill honors the basic notions of justice for survivors, and I was proud to work with Senator Blackburn and our colleagues in the House to lead it across the finish line. By signing this legislation into law, we can finally help survivors have their day in court and a moment of healing—when they are ready.”

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    Biden says he’s running.

    Cedric Richmond, the former Democratic lawmaker and Biden White House official, said definitively this week that it’s on when it comes to Biden and 2024.

    “He’s running and we’re building an infrastructure for him to run and win,” Richmond told NBC. “Right now, it’s all an early investment in 2024 while we’re helping 2022.”
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    Looks like the Catholic legal bill is about to go through the roof.


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    Trending Liberal - BREAKING: When President Biden heard Puerto Rico had their power cut by Hurricane Fiona, he immediately declared a federal emergency and ordered FEMA to act asap.

    No delay. No racism. Just action. Because when Americans need help, liberals step up. https://twitter.com/TrendingLiberal/...18632240893952

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    President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Emergency Declaration for Puerto Rico

    FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to supplement the Commonwealth’s response efforts due to emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Fiona beginning Sept. 17 and continuing.

    The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population and to provide appropriate assistance, to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 78 municipalities in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75% federal funding.

    Robert Little III has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date.


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    Old Joe's getting good at this

    Biden again says US would defend Taiwan if China attacks

    US President Joe Biden has again said the US would defend Taiwan in the event of an "unprecedented attack" by China.

    Speaking in a CBS interview, Mr Biden replied "Yes" when asked if that meant US forces would defend Taiwan.

    The interview aired on Sunday, prompting the White House to reiterate that US policy had not changed.

    Washington's policy has always been one of "strategic ambiguity" - it does not commit to defending Taiwan, but also does not rule out the option.

    Taiwan is a self-ruled island off the coast of eastern China that Beijing claims as part of its territory. Washington has long walked a diplomatic tightrope over the issue. On the one hand it adheres to the One China policy, a cornerstone of its relationship with Beijing.

    Under this policy, Taiwan is a part of China and the position is not challenged. So the US does not recognise it as a separate state and has no diplomatic ties with the island. But it maintains close relations and sells arms to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act, which states that the US must provide the island with the means to defend itself.

    Mr Biden reiterated this in the CBS 60 Minutes interview on Sunday.

    "There's a One-China policy and Taiwan makes their own judgements on their independence. We are not moving, not encouraging their being independent - that's their decision," he said.

    Mr Biden had made similar comments in May, vowing to intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if it was attacked. The White House had quickly followed up by saying there was no departure from America's long-standing policy.

    This time too the White House has issued a statement that appears to contradict Mr Biden: "The President has said this before, including in Tokyo earlier this year. He also made clear then that our Taiwan policy hasn't changed. That remains true."

    But this is the third time in a year that President Biden has gone further than the official stance in indicating a promise of military action - in October 2021 and then again in May this year.

    more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-62951347

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    That ole fool needs to shut the fu*k up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman View Post
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    That ole fool needs to shut the fu*k up.
    Why? Joe is simply stating what the US position has been for decades. Nothing new here. Note not just a US position on nations agreeing to the one China agreement.

    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Under this policy, Taiwan is a part of China and the position is not challenged. So the US does not recognise it as a separate state and has no diplomatic ties with the island. But it maintains close relations and sells arms to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act, which states that the US must provide the island with the means to defend itself.

    Mr Biden reiterated this in the CBS 60 Minutes interview on Sunday.

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    He needs to keep the chinkies on their toes. It's a nice little "will he won't he" so all they'll do is their usual bluster.

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    Biden says he plans to run in 2024, but "it's just an intention"

    President Biden said it's his intention to run for re-election, but it's "much too early" to make a "firm decision" on 2024.

    Why it matters: Biden's comments during an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday evening mark a departure from previous remarks he and White House aides have made about the 2024 presidential election.

    Driving the news: Biden told CBS' Scott Pelley in the "60 Minutes" interview filmed before he flew to the U.K. to attend Queen Elizabeth II's funeral that "a whole range of things come into play" if he's running for re-election, including election laws.


    • "My intention, as I said to begin with, is that I would run again. But it's just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen," Biden said.
    • "I'm a great respecter of fate. And so, what I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m gonna do that job. And within the timeframe that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, make a judgment on what to do."


    The big picture: During the wide-ranging interview, Biden said the "pandemic is over," vowed to "get control of inflation" and he again said American forces would defend Taiwan if China's military invaded the self-governing island — prompting the White House to stress that U.S. policy hasn't changed on the matter.


    • He also responded to a photo of top-secret documents strewn on the floor of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home during the FBI search of the Florida property by raising concerns that data may have been compromised and questioning how "anyone could be that irresponsible."



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    President Joe Biden slammed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as having “shamelessly violated” United Nations principles during a speech to the world body Wednesday, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to threaten to use nuclear weapons against Kyiv.

    “Russia has shamelessly violated the core tenets of the U.N. charter — no more important than the clear prohibition against countries taking the territory of their neighbors by force,” Biden told the U.N. General Assembly. “If nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequences, then we put at risk everything this very institution stands for.”

    In a roughly 30-minute speech, he said that the war in Ukraine was about “extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state … and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people,” calling out Putin for making “irresponsible nuclear threats.”

    “A nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought,” Biden said in his speech.


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    President Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Puerto Rico and ordered federal aid to assist with recovery efforts in the areas affected by the deadly Hurricane Fiona, the White House announced Wednesday evening.

    Driving the news: Local officials told AP Wednesday they were having difficulty trying to reach stranded residents days after Fiona swept through, cutting off areas in "at least six municipalities" after triggering heavy rains, mudslides and flooding that destroyed bridges, roads and property.

    The big picture: President Biden declared a federal disaster for Puerto Rico after Fiona struck, knocking out power to the entire island.


    • Gov. Pedro Pierluisi requested the major disaster declaration on Tuesday. He tweeted his thanks to Biden and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Deanne Criswell for the declaration, which he said would ensure towns had additional FEMA help to assist in storm damage recovery.


    What they're saying: Criswell said at a briefing in Puerto Rico Wednesday after visiting affected areas that initial recovery efforts were about "stabilizing the incident and bringing the communities to a level that they can function," before moving into rebuilding infrastructure to be more resilient "so that they can withstand future impacts."


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    • House passes Jan. 6 election reform bill


    House lawmakers on Wednesday voted to approve legislation crafted by two members of the Jan. 6 committee that seeks to protect elections from interference by lawmakers.

    The Presidential Election Reform Act (PERA) reaffirms that the vice president’s role in certifying the election is purely ceremonial, and drastically increases the number of lawmakers in each chamber needed to object to the certification of electors from one member to one-third of the body.

    It also targets other actions taken by former President Trump in the lead up to Jan. 6, making explicit the role governors play in the electoral process. The bill takes aim at the faux election certificates crafted by Trump’s team and the pressure campaign in various states to replace their electors with those who would vote for then-President Trump.

    The bill passed in a 229-203 vote, with nine Republicans joining all Democrats present in supporting the measure: Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Fred Upton (Mich.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), Peter Meijer (Mich.), Tom Rice (S.C.), John Katko (N.Y.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio) and Chris Jacobs (N.Y.).

    During debate on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) — a sponsor of the bill and a member of the Jan. 6 select committee — said the legislation “will make it harder to convince people that they have the right to overthrow the election.”

    “Ultimately, this bill is about protecting the will of the American voters, which is a principle that is beyond partisanship. The bottom line is this — if you want to object to the vote, you better have your colleagues and the constitution on your side. Don’t try to overturn our democracy,” she added.

    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the second sponsor of the bill and one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 panel, argued that the measure would “prevent Congress from illegally choosing the president itself.”

    The bill drafted by Lofgren and Cheney may be the only formal legislation to come out of the committee.

    https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brief...n-reform-bill/

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    President Biden said it's his intention to run for re-election, but it's "much too early" to make a "firm decision" on 2024.
    if he wins will he be able to find the white house, he was having trouble finding his way off stage at the UN

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    if he wins
    If?

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    President Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will cover 100% of costs for the next month as Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Fiona.

    Driving the news: The move, which will surge federal resources, comes a day after Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Puerto Rico and ordered federal aid to assist with recovery efforts.


    • The costs that will be covered include debris removal, search and rescue, power and water restoration, shelter and food, the president said.


    What he's saying: "We're laser-focused on what's happening to the people of Puerto Rico again," Biden said, noting that just five years ago, Hurricane Maria also devastated the island.

    The big picture: Earlier this week, Hurricane Fiona knocked out power to hundreds of thousands in the Dominican Republic and the entire island of Puerto Rico, and has been linked to at least five deaths.




    By the numbers: Nearly a million people remained without power and nearly 359,000 had no running water or only intermittent service in the U.S. territory on Thursday, according to government data.

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    Just for fun.


    • Coloradans would rather have a second term with President Joe Biden than a second term with Donald Trump, according to a FOX31/Channel 2/Emerson College/The Hill poll of likely voters.


    Among all Colorado voters of all political persuasions, 36% said they would vote for Trump in a showdown between him and Biden. A plurality of 46%, however, said they would rather keep the incumbent Democrat. About 14% said they would rather have someone else, and 4% said they are still undecided.

    Biden has better chances in Colorado because of his edge with independent voters.





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    Sir Elton John was moved to tears as President Joe Biden surprised the enduring music icon with a National Humanities Medal.

    John, at the White House on Friday to perform at A+E and History’s “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme,” looked visibly shocked and humbled as the president addressed the thousands in the audience. “Tonight is my great honor, and I mean this sincerely, to present the National Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John,” Biden said.

    A White House officer elaborated on John’s contributions, saying, “The President of the United States awards this National Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John for moving our souls with his powerful voice, one of the defining songbooks of all time. An enduring icon and advocate with absolute courage, who found purpose to challenge convention, shatter stigma and advance a simple truth: that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

    It was a bipartisan night on the South Lawn of the White House, which was packed with teachers, first responders, and veterans, as well as Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager, Anna Kendrick, activist Malala Yousafzai and tennis legend Billie Jean King. Paul Buccieri, president and chairman of A+E Networks Group, opened the evening by welcoming the guests to the White House.

    Over the course of the brisk evening, John received a total of seven standing ovations as he delighted the crowd with some of his biggest hits, including “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” “Your Song” and “I’m Still Standing.”

    John spoke throughout the night about the advocacy and work he’s done since creating the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1991, adding that he wants to eradicate the disease by 2030. “We can do it, and we will,” he said defiantly.

    He also thanked George W. Bush, who was not in attendance, for his “astonishing” work to expedite the fight against HIV and AIDS. He addressed the former president’s wife, saying, “President Bush accelerated the whole thing with his PEPFAR bill. We would have never gotten as far without President Bush — please tell him for me, give him a big hug. I just wish America could be more bipartisan on everything.”

    “The AIDS epidemic,” he mentioned earlier in the night, “has always been bipartisan in America. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rang [United States Senator] Lindsey Graham. And to his credit, he’s always come through.”

    Past recipients of the National Humanities Medal, a recognition that’s given to people whose work as “deepens the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities,” include National Public Radio host Terry Gross, chef José Andrés and Elie Wiesel.

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    Joe Biden Hits Another Year-High Approval Rating In New Poll, Thanks To Women

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    President Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will cover 100% of costs for the next month as Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Fiona.
    You mean he's not just going to go there and throw kitchen towels at them?

    Imagine...

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    You mean he's not just going to go there and throw kitchen towels at them?

    Imagine...
    In his defense, Donny douche-bag was just practicing is jumpshot.


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    Stephen Colbert’s newest nickname for Trump:

    “ The Count of Mostly Crisco.”


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    President Joe Biden plans to announce new rules on Monday that would require airlines and online travel agencies to disclose fees for seat selection, checked baggage and other add-ons along with fares, the administration’s latest effort to bolster passenger protections after a rocky summer travel season.

    Airlines charge travelers for a number of additional perks, which used to come with the cost of a ticket, including a fee for advanced selection for many seats on board, even those without extra legroom.

    “Airline passengers deserve to know the full, true cost of their flights before they buy a ticket,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a news release. “This new proposed rule would require airlines to be transparent with customers about the fees they charge, which will help travelers make informed decisions and save money.”

    Carriers and online travel agencies have updated their websites in recent years to call out basic economy tickets, airlines’ most restrictive but cheaper fares. Airline executives have said they want passengers to avoid those tickets in favor of more flexible standard economy tickets.


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    President Biden hosted the Atlanta Braves, who won the 2021 World Series, at the White House on Monday, quipping that he also knows “about being counted out.”

    Biden called Atlanta’s World Series win “one of history’s greatest turnarounds.”

    “I know a little something about being counted out, and I know in Georgia, you show up when it counts,” the president said.

    The team gifted Biden a Braves jersey with the number 46, which the president held up and showed around the room before taking a photograph with the team.


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    President Joe Biden on Tuesday put the spotlight on Medicare and Social Security, hot button issues that could pack a political punch six weeks before the midterm elections.

    His remarks at the White House were delivered days after the popular programs got little attention in House Republicans’ rollout of the agenda they promise to pursue if voters give them control in November.

    Both Medicare and Social Security face long-run financing problems.

    Democrats’ proposed solutions have generally focused on increasing taxes on higher income earners while also promising to expand benefits.

    Republicans accuse Democrats of further straining Medicare through recent efforts to lower prescription drug costs. Many Republicans have backed raising the eligibility age for Medicare and the retirement age for Social Security as part of a plan to keep the programs solvent without hiking taxes.

    The latest


    • Because the government is paying out more in monthly Social Security benefits than it’s collecting in taxes, it’s projected to run out of reserves to fully fund benefits in 2035. At that point, it would have enough money to cover 80% of benefits.
    • The Medicare trust fund, which covers inpatient hospital services, will only be able to pay 90% of scheduled benefits after 2028.
    • Biden initially planned to travel to the retirement haven of Florida to talk about Social Security and Medicare. With a hurricane heading toward Florida, Biden instead spoke at the White House.
    • Biden accused Republicans of wanting to cut the programs without detailing his own past promise to fix the funding shortfalls. Instead, he focused on recent steps to reduce prescription drug costs for Medicare patients.
    • Social Security and Medicare are consistently top issues for senior citizens who vote at higher rates than younger Americans.


    Remarks by President Biden on Medicare and the Inflation Reduction Act - The White House

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    ^"she was on his mind"

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