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Biden announces Jeff Zients will be new White House chief of staff. So who is he?

President Biden formally announced Friday that Jeff Zients, the former White House COVID-19 czar, will replace Ron Klain as chief of staff. In a lengthy statement, Mr. Biden praised Klain for his tireless work, and said he is "confident that Jeff will continue Ron's example of smart, steady leadership, as we continue to work hard every day for the people we were sent here to serve."CBS News had already reported that Zients would replace Klain. Klain has been Mr. Biden's chief of staff since day one.  Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 coordinator, left, wears a protective mask while listening as President Joe Biden on April 21, 2021.  Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images T...
Biden vows to veto Republican plans that threaten economic ‘chaos’ – live | US politics
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Biden vows to veto Republican plans that threaten economic ‘chaos’ – live | US politics

'I will not let that happen,' says Biden about national debt default“They’re threatening to have us default on the American debt, the debt that has been accumulated for over 230 years … we’ve never ever done that,” Biden said, referring to fiscal policies proposed by Republicans.“Why in God’s name would Americans give up the progress we made for the chaos they’re suggesting? I don’t get it … I will not let that happen, not on my watch,” he said.“I will veto everything they send,” he added.Updated at 15.04 ESTKey eventsShow key events onlyPlease turn on JavaScript to use this feature“We have more work to do but we’re on the right track… I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s future than I am today…and nothing is beyond our capacity if we work together,” said Biden in his closing re...
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Biden says U.S. will send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine in major boost to firepower

Washington — President Biden announced Wednesday that the U.S. will send 31 top-of-the-line M1 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine, delivering on a key request from Kyiv that will provide a major boost to Ukrainian firepower over the coming months."Today, I'm announcing that the United States will be sending 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, the equivalent of one Ukrainian battalion," Mr. Biden said at the White House, flanked by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The security package is worth roughly $400 million, the Pentagon said.The move comes after Germany said it would quickly provide 14 of its own Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allow Western partners to re-export their own, a move that Mr. Biden praised. France, the U.K., Finland, the Netherlands and other na...
Houston Public Media | Politics-Election Coverage Submission 2023  – Houston Public Media
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Houston Public Media | Politics-Election Coverage Submission 2023  – Houston Public Media

Lucio Vasquez / Houston Public MediaCampaign and voting signs line the entry way to a polling station in Harris County. Our election coverage in 2022 began with a resignation. The Harris County elections administrator quits after failing to meet the count deadline and overlooking a batch of missing ballots. It marked an election year rife with controversy and lawsuits. As changing demographics make the Houston region bluer, Texas politics is shifting further to the right. Our stories reflect that tension as the county fights state elections audits, a slew of voter restrictions laws create confusion over mail-in ballots, and a federal lawsuit challenges redistricting that disfavors minorities. Throughout election season we also did stories to debunk election disinfo...
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DeSantis defends rejecting AP African American studies course, says it’s “indoctrination”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday defended his decision to block a high school Advanced Placement course on African American studies, saying the course's inclusion of lessons on Black queer theory and the prison abolition movement didn't meet the state's standards. "We believe in teaching kids facts and how to think, but we don't believe they should have an agenda imposed on them," he said, calling the course "indoctrination."On Jan. 12, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) sent a letter to the College Board, which handles all AP courses, in Florida saying that the content of the AP African American studies course "is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value."  "In the future, should College Board be ...
NSW land tax and stamp duty debacle again shows how politics trumps policy
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NSW land tax and stamp duty debacle again shows how politics trumps policy

Politics can lay waste to the best of intentions and grandest of ambitions. Nowhere is this better illustrated at the moment than in New South Wales.Incumbent Premier Dominic Perrottet has been something of a land tax zealot for many years, throughout his time as treasurer and when elevated to his current role.It's dangerous political territory to be seen as pro-tax, especially when that tax is on the family home.Perhaps that's why, with an election looming large just months away, his government bottled it on land tax reform.Rather than Perrottet's original grand designs of transitioning New South Wales away from stamp duty and onto land tax, his government passed a "reform" that retains the worst element of stamp duty with the biggest risk of a move away from it.The government's scheme, w...
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McCarthy says he looks forward to meeting with Biden, as debt ceiling debate continues

Biden, McCarthy to have debt limit meeting Biden to meet with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to discuss debt ceiling standoff 04:38 House Speaker Kevin McCarthy tweeted Friday that he has an accepted an invitation from President Biden to meet and discuss, among other things, a solution to addressing the debt ceiling. The White House has previously said there would be no negotiations with Republicans on the debt ceiling, that there must...
Joy Behar suggests charging Alec Baldwin in ‘Rust’ shooting was political: He’s ‘a target for Republicans’
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Joy Behar suggests charging Alec Baldwin in ‘Rust’ shooting was political: He’s ‘a target for Republicans’

ABC’s "The View" co-host Joy Behar suggested Friday that actor Alec Baldwin was criminally charged over the accidental on-set killing of a cinematographer because of his liberal politics.During Friday's episode of the daytime talk show, Behar was unsure whether Baldwin deserved being charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of "Rust" cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and claimed that the person who indicted him is a "big Republican.""The DA who is indicting him — or whatever the legal term is right now — she’s a big Republican. I’m only saying this because Alec Baldwin is a target for Republicans. They cannot stand him, OK? I’m just saying," Behar said.The remarks earned a groan from co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin, prompting Behar to add, "I'm not saying anything more than that!"ALEC...
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What Biden is likely to address in his State of the Union speech

When President Biden delivers his State of the Union address on Feb. 7, he will do so to a different Congress, a different nation and a different world than he did in his last State of the Union address.  Inflation, although easing, is still eating away at the budgets of many American families. The war in Ukraine is approaching its one-year mark. And for the first time since he took office, President Biden faces a divided Congress, with Republicans controlling the lower chamber and Democrats controlling the upper chamber — a dynamic that's already setting up skirmishes on Capitol Hill.  State of the Union speeches are typically written over weeks and months, and the painstaking editing process can drag on until the previous days and even hours before delivery. The speech is typical...
Legal challenges begin over Illinois’ new firearms ban
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Legal challenges begin over Illinois’ new firearms ban

Washington CNN  —  Multiple lawsuits have been filed in Illinois challenging recently enacted gun legislation that bans certain firearms and high-capacity magazines in the state. The law, signed by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week, caps the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, bans “switches” that allow handguns to fire rounds automatically and “extends the ability of courts to prevent dangerous individuals from possessing a gun through firearm restraining orders.” A joint lawsuit that was filed in the Southern District of Illinois on Tuesday by multiple gun-rights groups, including the Illinois State Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition, argues tha...