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" The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was 100% effective in teens ages 12 to 15, the company said Wednesday, providing hope there will be an option for people under age 16 before the next school year. Pfizer said it found 18 cases within a placebo group but none in the vaccine arm of a trial involving over 2,200 participants. The antibody response also exceeded levels detected in an earlier trial of people ages 16 to 25. The company said it will amend its emergency-use filing with the Food and Drug Administration in the coming weeks, as they target a rollout before fall. “We share the urgency to expand the authorization of our vaccine to use in younger populations and are encouraged by the clinical trial data from adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for use in the U.S. by those 16 and older. Versions from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for those 18 and older. Children and adolescents tend to see better outcomes from coronavirus infections than older persons, though the lack of vaccine options leaves a big gap in the country’s pursuit of herd immunity to wrangle the virus outright — beyond just stiff-arming severe disease in older and medically vulnerable people. Pfizer and BioNTech said they will be working with regulators beyond the U.S. to approve their shots for younger people. BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin said people across the globe are longing for a normal life, but “this is especially true for our children.” “The initial results we have seen in the adolescent studies suggest that children are particularly well protected by vaccination, which is very encouraging given the trends we have seen in recent weeks regarding the spread of the B.1.1.7 U.K. variant,” he said. “It is very important to enable them to get back to everyday school life and to meet friends and family while protecting them and their loved ones.” "
" The Washington Times - September 19, 2012, 08:52AM Americans are growing increasingly optimistic about the economy and see President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney as equally capable of overseeing its recovery, according to a poll released Wednesday. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 42 percent of voters expect the economy to improve over the next 12 months — the highest percentage since 2009 — and that 43 percent of voters think Mr. Obama would handle the economy better than Mr. Romney, compared with 43 percent who say the GOP candidate would do the better job. SEE RELATED: The results are a departure from polls throughout the race that consistently have shown that Americans think Mr. Romney is better equipped to handle the economy. The poll, which surveyed 736 likely voters over the past week, also showed Mr. Obama with a 50-45 lead in the popular vote. While the poll showed both candidates as even on the economy, Mr. Obama held significant edges in dealing with women’s issues and looking out for the middle class, and smaller edges in being a good commander-in-chief, dealing with Medicare and dealing with taxes. The poll’s one bit of bad news for the president was that approval of his handling of foreign policy has slipped in the wake of ongoing unrest in the Middle East. Just 49 percent of voters said they approve of Mr. Obama’s foreign policy, down from 54 percent last month and his lowest figure since November 2010. "
" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has told the House of Representatives and the American people to "go jump in the lake," says Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has been leading the charge to defund Obamacare."
"Cruz, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, repeating his argument that a government shutdown over funding for the Affordable Care Act would be the fault of Reid and President Barack Obama, who have said they will not negotiate the issue. Cruz said that Reid's position is "I'm not willing to compromise. I'm not willing to even talk. His position is 100 percent of Obamacare must be funded in all instances, and other than that he's going to shut the government down."Story continues below video."
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"Early Sunday morning, the House passed what Cruz termed a compromise bill. Rather than defund Obamacare, he said, it would simply delay implementation for a year."
"Cruz said that although he believes Obamacare should be repealed, he currently is fighting only to defund it. And the House's most recent vote goes one step further, asking simply to delay it."
""That's the essence of a compromise," he said."
"Host David Gregory argued that Cruz, who made a 21-hour speech last week from the Senate floor, has so far failed to move anyone in the Senate toward his position, and the public isn't protesting in the streets against the Affordable Care Act."
""The only people who aren't listening to the argument are the career politicians in Washington," Cruz answered. "It's Harry Reid who wants to use brute political force."Some of his fellow Republicans have been critical of Cruz's efforts, saying he will only harm the party if the government is shut down."
"But Cruz said he is following in the footsteps former Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, who in 1993 opposed members of the GOP who feared the Clinton healthcare initiative was inevitable. They tried to pass what Cruz called "Hillarycare Lite," until Gramm's arguments persuaded them otherwise. ObamaCare Is About to Strike -- Are You Prepared? Click on the Countdown Clock to Find Out. © 2022 Newsmax. All rights reserved. "
" President Trump never ordered his coronavirus task force to slow down testing for the pathogen, key members told Congress on Tuesday. “None of us have ever been told to slow down on testing. That just is a fact,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “It’s the opposite, we’re going to be doing more testing, not less,” Dr. Fauci said. One by one, the heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration and Brett Giroir, the country’s testing “czar,” told lawmakers they were not ordered by Mr. Trump to slow down diagnostic efforts. “The only way that we will be able to understand who has the disease, who is infected and can pass it, to do appropriate contact tracing is to test appropriately, smartly and as many people as we can,” testified Adm. Giroir, an assistant health secretary and four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service. Mr. Trump’s own remarks sparked the unusual round of questioning. He told a Tulsa rally that testing is a double-edged sword because while it roots out cases, it also makes the country look bad as large numbers of infections are posted on global tracking sites. He said he told his people to “slow the testing down, please.” His aides said he was joking, though the president fanned the flames Tuesday by saying: “I don’t kid.” The U.S. is home to about 330 million people. It has conducted over 25 million tests and discovered over 2.3 million infections. More than 120,000 people in the U.S. have died from the disease, known as COVID-19. Dr. Fauci said America is looking at a “mixed bag” at this juncture in the pandemic. “It’s a serious situation. In some respects we’ve done very well,” Dr. Fauci said, citing improvements in hard-hit New York City. “In other areas of the country, we’ve now seeing a disturbing surge of infections,” he added, citing flare-ups in Florida, Texas and Arizona. Mr. Trump headed to Arizona on Tuesday to view a section of the border wall and speak to conservative students in Phoenix. Roughly 20% of those tested in Arizona are coming back positive, suggesting rampant spread after the state reopened its economy. Dr. Fauci said states seeing a spike will need to devote manpower to testing and tracing cases, so they “can do something about them.” Governors battered by new cases say many of the infections are hitting younger adults who are unlikely to die from the disease. Rep. Diana DeGette, Colorado Democrat, asked whether people should link the declining death rate in the U.S. to that trend. Dr. Fauci said it’s difficult to say, since deaths don’t show up in the data until weeks after cases are detected. “I think it’s too early to make that kind of link,” Dr. Fauci said. “Deaths always lag considerably behind cases.” He said the concern is people involved in the localized spikes will infect other people, who might get sick and die. Committee Chairman Frank Pallone said American testing the virus stumbled out of the gate but appears to be improving. Still, he said the country is short of 900,000 daily tests experts say it needs. “We are also hampered by the administration’s refusal to develop and implement a national testing and contact tracing strategy,” Mr. Pallone, New Jersey Democrat, said. “This cannot continue — we need federal public health experts to take more of a leadership role, and this administration is failing to allow that.” Adm. Giroir said the U.S. should be able to conduct 40-50 million per month by fall. He said test sites are required to report demographic data, to ensure equitable access, and that Morehouse School of Medicine has been awarded $40 million for a three-year project to deliver COVID-19 information to minority communities. Prior to the testimony, Mr. Trump complained that he didn’t get the same amount of credit as his most famous task-force member. “We did a great job on CoronaVirus, including the very early ban on China, Ventilator production, and Testing, which is by far the most, and best, in the World. We saved millions of U.S. lives.! Yet the Fake News refuses to acknowledge this in a positive way,” he wrote in a series of tweets on his way to Arizona. “But they do give Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is with us in all ways, a very high 72% Approval Rating. So, if he is in charge along with V.P. etc., and with us doing all of these really good things, why doesn’t the Lamestream Media treat us as they should? Answer: Because they are Fake News!” "
" In ten days, the U.S. Treasury will be left with just $30 billion cash on hand, and no legal authority to borrow the additional money needed to pay all of the United States's financial obligations. And yet, for some reason, markets are not acting like the U.S. will default on its debt payments. Instead, investors are actually buying more Treasuries. Why? For the answer just look at Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's performance on CNN's State of the Union: CROWLEY: If I can just sort of sum up what you've been saying, and that is come October 17th, you have run out of tricks, although, you don't use that word, but ways that you can sort of massage the numbers to keep it going so that you don't go over the debt ceiling the Congress has set. You need a new debt ceiling by October 17th. What happens on October 18th if you don't get it? LEW: Well, it's a very good question, Candy. And just to be clear, we crossed the debt limit in May. Since May, we've been creating some room to borrow by using what are called extraordinary measures. They've been used so many times. They're not as extraordinary as they used to be."
"Tuesday I wrote to Congress saying I used my last extraordinary measures. I have no more. That means that on October 17th, we'll run out of the ability to borrow. We'll be left with some cash on hand. And, I've told Congress it will be roughly $30 billion."
"And $30 billion is a lot of money. But when you think about the cash flow of the government of the United States, we have individual days when our negative or positive cash flow is 50 or $60 billion. So, $30 billion is not a responsible amount of cash to run the government on."
"CROWLEY: -- where you're telling me that nothing would happen on the 18th?"
"LEW: Well, I can't tell you. We never got to this point, Candy, you know? We've never gotten to the point where the United States government has operated without the ability to borrow. It's very dangerous. It's reckless, because the reality is, there are no good choices if we run out of borrowing capacity and we run out of cash."
"That will mean that the United States for the first time since 1789 would be not paying its bills, hurting the full faith in credit because of a political decision."
"CROWLEY: Let me play you something that Congressman Steve King of Iowa, a Republican said, talking about the possibility of servicing the debt past this deadline.(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)"
"REP. STEVE KING, (R) IOWA: I don't think the credit of the United States is going to be collapsed. I think that all this talk about a default has been a lot of demagoguery, a lot of false demagoguery."
"(END VIDEO CLIP) CROWLEY: So, the question is, is it technically possible for you to keep up with your debts? Can you not just pay the interest rate on these debts while this is worked out?"
"LEW: Candy, I got to tell you that anyone who thinks that the United States government not paying its bills is anything less than default hasn't thought about it very clearly. Let me ask you a question. Let me ask you, what happens if we're not able to pay Social Security? What happens if we can't pay disability and veterans payments on time? Medicare and Medicaid. In each of these cases, it means these families, businesses, institutions that are important won't be getting what they're relying on -- CROWLEY: Coming on the 18th, you won't be able to pay Social Security, you won't be able to pay Medicare, you won't be able to pay all of these things?"
"LEW: I'm telling that you that on 17th we run out of our ability to borrow, and Congress is playing with fire. If they don't extend the debt limit, we have a very, very short window of time before those scenarios start to be played out."
"CROWLEY: Could you keep up on servicing the debt, that is paying the interest on the U.S. debt, therefore, not defaulting as you contend?"
"LEW: Candy, if the United States government for the first time in its history chooses not to pay its bills on time, we will be in default. There is no option that prevents us from being in default if we don't have enough cash to pay our bills."
"CROWLEY: But very often, in bills and correct me if I'm wrong, can you not pay the interest? I'm just trying to figure out wiggle room, because what Republicans are saying, is these guy do this all the time as we run up. Look at Wall Street. It's kind of looking at it. This doesn't seem to be that big of a deal this time around."
"No one's been threatening to downgrade the U.S. credit worthiness. So, the question is, is it true, as they say, that you can service the debt beyond the 17th?"
"LEW: Candy, let me put this in context. We are the strongest, most important economy in the world. We've already seen that when government shutdown, the kinds of gridlock and brinksmanship in Washington hurts people and it hurts the economy. We saw it in 2011. What happened is we approach the point of reaching the debt limit."
"You now have people who are saying, oh, it won't be that bad. Well, I challenge them to answer the questions that I asked you. They're willing to concede if we don't pay interest and principal on the debt if that's bad. Well, you know, it is bad, but there are a lot of things that are bad. You can't pay all the bills if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling. And none of these bills are new. These are commitment that Congress made that's paying old bills. It would be like somebody saying I ran up my credit card and I decided not to pay it. You can't do that. The United States government is just too important to the world. Our currency is the world's reserve currency. At no point does Lew ever say that he, as Treasury Secretary, will not be able to make all of the U.S. government's interest payments on time. Instead, Lew equivocates between bond payments and all other U.S. financial obligations, insisting that both are tantamount to default. But bond holders, and markets, see it differently. There is a qualitative and legal difference between not making a bond payment and not making a Social Security payment. The former is a legally binding contractual obligation backed by the U.S. Constitution. The latter is a non-legally binding promise to pay that Congress has the legal right to change at anytime, for any reason. That does not mean missing Social Security and Medicare payments will be harmless. Disruptions to those programs would have a negative economic impact. Just as the government shutdown is having a negative economic impact. But just as President Obama is very deliberately and politically choosing who to hurt during the government shutdown (see the selective and punitive closures of federal property), Obama will also selectively and punitively choose which bills to pay if the debt limit is not raised. "
"The GOP Senate majority is set to vote on police reform legislation introduced by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), also known as the JUSTICE Act. Senate Democrats signaled that they will block the legislation, claiming that the bill is “half-assed” and does not reach far enough. The JUSTICE Act will ban the use of chokeholds, improve hiring practices and regulate “no-knock” warrants, among other things, but does not include an explicit provision to end qualified immunity. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) originally demanded that Leader McConnell bring a bill to the Senate floor before the Fourth of July, and though Republicans have done just that, Democrats will not come to the table to work out a bipartisan piece of legislation. Sen. Scott accused Democrats of moving the goalposts:.@SenatorTimScott lists commonalities in Democrat & Republican police bills, but says Democrats "changed the goal posts.""It seems like they're more interested in campaigns than they are in the vulnerable communities they say they serve."— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) June 23, 2020Sen. Scott made clear that demanding accountability for police officers, while not demonizing law enforcement as a whole, is the goal:Sen. Tim Scott: "We don't either have to be either for law enforcement or for communities of color... You can actually be for both, and the first step in that direction is reform."— The Hill (@thehill) June 23, 2020Sen. Scott's monumental JUSTICE Act is the first major piece of police-reform legislation to be considered by the Senate in over two decades. In need of 60 votes to pass through the upper chamber, the Senate is slated to vote on the JUSTICE Act on Wednesday."
" FILE: Feb. 13, 2013: Jack Lew testifies during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., before the Senate Finance Committee. (AP)NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Sunday defended accusations of fear mongering over Congress potentially failing to increase the federal debt limit -- including his assertion that the economic impact would be “catastrophic.” He declined, however, to provide specific examples, saying instead that Congress blowing the Oct. 17 debt-limit deadline would be “reckless.”“The consequences are immediate and very bad,” Lew said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The direction is bad. There is a range of how bad.”Lew also said the White House is willing to negotiate on fiscal issues, despite President Obama repeatedly saying he won’t have those talks as part of a debt-ceiling deal.“The president has been and continues to be open to negotiations,” he said.His remarks came five days after Obama said: “Let me repeat, I will not negotiate over Congress' responsibility to pay bills it has racked up.”House Speaker John Boehner said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday: "I don’t want the United States to default on the debt. But I’m not going to raise the debt limit without a serious conversation."The Obama administration’s repeated warnings about the dire economic impact of the United States faulting on its debt have so far had little effect on world financial markets.Still, Lew said on Sunday that by Oct. 17 he will lose the capacity to borrow because he will have exhausted all the extraordinary measures he has been using since May to free up room for more borrowing. He also said the government has never before lost its borrowing ability.Entitlement reform, the Keystone XL pipeline, ObamaCare and changing the tax code are among the potential fiscal issues Republicans could try to connect to the debt-ceiling talks. The strategy will become clearer when both sides reach a spending deal to end the partial government shutdown that started Tuesday.The federal government’s borrowing limit is now at $16.7 trillion.The White House and the Republican-led House face a similar stalemate in 2011 before reaching a last-minute deal. "
" The FBI concluded on Tuesday that Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only African American driver, was not the target of a hate crime and that the “noose” found in his team’s garage was actually a standard pull rope that had been there since last year. "The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall. This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment,” NASCAR said in a statement. Our immediate reaction should be one of relief. It is indisputably a good thing that someone within NASCAR did not exhibit racist behavior in an attempt to intimidate Wallace or his team. And it was encouraging to see so many NASCAR drivers and crew members rally behind Wallace and push his No. 43 Chevrolet to the front of the grid Monday afternoon. But we need to take a long and hard look at why this controversy became a thing in the first place. The “noose” was nothing more than a pull rope. A standard, easily identifiable pull rope that had been in Wallace’s garage for nearly a year. Did no one on Wallace’s team notice this rope before? Or did the team member who reported the incident to NASCAR do so intentionally? Perhaps it’s time to admit that our society is a little too eager to find hate crimes where there are none. Part of this is understandable, though unacceptable nonetheless. Tensions are high, polarization seems only to get worse, and we’re coming out of a three-months-long period of economic, physical, and societal devastation. But this isn’t just a recent phenomenon. This vitriol — and that is an appropriate word for what we’re experiencing right now — has manifested itself online into what’s now known as Cancel Culture. This trend has been picking up speed for quite some time now, but only recently has it begun to reach its peak, where anything can be framed as an injustice so long as you have the mob to back you up, and anyone can be targeted so long as you frame the narrative correctly. It’s alarming, really. And it reveals a deep rot within our culture, where an ordinary woman can be harassed and doxxed for flipping someone off, where a Christian baker can be regularly sued for operating his business according to his religious principles, where mobs armed with rope and spray paint can tear down at will any historical figure they dislike, and where an everyday pull rope can be portrayed as a noose. These are all different examples, but I see them as part of the same problem: We live in a culture that demands contrition, but rejects forgiveness as a defining principle. I don’t have a solution or an answer. But this is unsustainable. And it has to stop. "
" This error screen was showing up on Oct. 2, 2013 at the site. NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! As ObamaCare enrollment begins, technical glitches on federal and numerous state-run insurance exchanges are delaying and turning away Americans. The following is a round-up of reported problems.Oct. 2: Tennessee: Reporter seeking ObamaCare coverage ends up at vacant buildingCan a government that cannot figure out how to keep itself open figure out how to manage America’s health care system?The launch of the ObamaCare exchanges is still off to a rocky start. Error messages continued to pop up on the main site on Tuesday. And one Tennessee reporter has detailed her daylong, and ultimately unsuccessful, saga in trying to sign up for health care via the new insurance exchanges – a goose chase that sent her, in the end, to a vacant building.The travails of Tennessean reporter Shelley DuBois started at 9:33 a.m. on Tuesday when she tried to log on to the state website, which is really the federal government exchange.“We have a lot of visitors on our site right now and we’re working to make your experience here better,” a site message read. “Please wait here until we send you to the login page. Thanks for your patience!”DuBois reports she got to the login page about 10 minutes later, only to be stopped at the page asking for answers to security questions.“Time to hit the phones,” writes DuBois, who at about 9:48 a.m. said a “nice lady” at the Nashville Academy of Medicine, to which the website referred her, said she wasn’t trained to take the call.DuBois was referred to Health Assist, only to learn shortly after 10 a.m. that the group didn’t have any pricing information.By 10:22 DuBois decided to call in the feds, but the woman on the other end also was locked out of the system. Not totally satisfied with the promise of an application coming in the mail, DuBois got an address where she could talk in person with somebody.And a few unsuccessful calls later to so-called ObamaCare “navigators,” DuBois left at 11:39 a.m. to find the address – only to learn it was a vacant building next to a Holiday Inn Express.She eventually got a call back at 3:12 p.m. from the United Neighborhood Health Services, but the woman on the other end also was locked out from the website.“That’s a wrap for day one of exchange enrollment,” DuBois wrote. “The search continues.”Oct. 1:Washington: “Connection Refused”The state-run exchange in Washington state was not on the national radar for potential problems in recent days, but the site experienced hiccups on Tuesday and was still down by midday.Visitors were greeted with the words “Connection Refused” on an otherwise blank, white screen.Oregon: Anticipated glitches materializedOregon, which has one of country’s 16 state-based exchanges, warned residents that anything might happen Tuesday on the site and that they would need the assistance of an insurance agent or other third-party to enroll over the next several weeks.Sure enough, site visitors on Tuesday were told: “Online enrollment is coming soon! Sign up to receive an email notification when it's available.”However, officials’ worst-case scenario that the site could “crash and burn” and they would have to close it down did not happen.Maryland: Four-hour delayMaryland, which also has a state-run exchange, had technical problems, too, causing a roughly four-hour delay.Like the federal government, Maryland had already delayed enrollment for small businesses. The new projected start date is early January, delaying coverage until March at the earliest, according to The Washington Post.National: ObamaCare exchange site opens with error messagesMany visitors to the official website for the federally run ObamaCare insurance exchanges were met Tuesday morning with an error message. The site was apparently overloaded with traffic but went live after about 11:30 a.m."We have a lot of visitors on our site right now and we're working to make your experience here better. Please wait here until we send you to the login page. Thanks for your patience!" read a website message.By mid-morning, the site declared "the system is down at the moment," and directed would-be participants to contact a call center if they need help immediately.Thirty four states are either using the federal site or have a state-federal partnership.Sept. 30: Rhode Island: State site still needs adjustmentsChristine Ferguson, director of Rhode Island's site, recently told reporters that people are working around the clock to meet the Oct. 1. deadline. But she also acknowledged, “As this unveils, it is going to be very clear that everything can't be done on a computer.” Ferguson predicted the system would get “a lot more user-friendly” over the next several months.Washington, D.C., Nevada: Delay in launch of Spanish-language siteThe Baa administration tried Thursday to portray its delay of small business’s online access as a positive development, saying officials thought that “taking a little bit of additional time” was in the best interest of the business owners. But the administration also announced the launch of the Spanish-language version of the federal insurance exchange would be delayed until late October.Meanwhile, administration and state officials point out that the millions of Americans who want coverage through the federally subsidized Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can still enroll by phone, mail or third party.In Nevada, the state-based site also will delay the start of its Spanish-language version. Many of the roughly 600,000 Nevada residents without insurance are Hispanic, but the start of the Spanish version of the Silver State Exchange could be delayed until as late as Nov. 15.Oregon: Third-party needed to enrollOregon -- among the 16 state-based marketplaces or “exchanges” – is requiring residents to use an insurance agent or community group to enroll online through at least mid-October.“I have no idea what this thing’s going to look like Oct. 1,” Rocky King, the exchanges executive director, said last week, according to The New York Times. “We could crash and burn and have to close it down.”District of Columbia: Software glitch reportedThe District, also running its own exchange, revealed last week that a glitch in its exchange software as it tries to calculate insurance-premium costs when factoring in tax credits, or subsidies, for lower-income customers. Officials also said the site still cannot determine who would be eligible for Medicaid, which about half of U.S. states are expanding under ObamaCare.Colorado: Problems calculating subsidiesThe state-based, online exchange -- Connect For Health Colorado -- will be live Tuesday for the roughly 700,000 residents without health insurance, but it also will not be fully operational because of problems calculating the subsidies. Customers can still get the subsidies, but not without calling for assistance for at least the first month.A spokesman for the exchange said the state has hired 180 people to man a call center to help insurance shoppers.The administration had already given some businesses – those with more than 50 full-time employees – the option to delay coverage.In June, the White House announced it was delaying the so-called “employer mandate” that requires such companies to provide health insurance or pay a penalty. The one-year delay, officials said, was to give employers more time to prepare.The Associated Press contributed to this report. "
" With hours to go, President Obama and Congress barreled toward the New Year’s Day “fiscal cliff,” trading last-minute offers and narrowing the range of options Sunday, but reaching no deal. “There’s still significant distance between the two sides,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, announced Sunday evening, though he said there was still time to reach agreement by Monday’s midnight deadline. “We intend to continue negotiations.” Talks were so broken at one point Sunday that the top Republican negotiator, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, bypassed Mr. Reid to speak directly with Vice President Joseph R. Biden. The blockade seemed to lift somewhat when Republicans dropped their demand to change Social Security’s cost-of-living adjustment formula, and both sides traded offers on the income level at which taxpayers will see an income-tax rate increase and debated what other incentives would be included. “You can’t win an argument that has Social Security for seniors versus taxes for the rich. So we need to take it off the table,” Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said in explaining why the party decided to forgo demands for entitlement reform. A deal would have to clear not only the Senate, but also the House, where conservative Republicans hold sway. In the absence of an agreement, Senate Democrats were preparing to force a vote Monday on their own fallback solution, which would raise taxes on families making more than $250,000, would extend unemployment benefits and could include other party priorities. But that legislation is unlikely to reach Mr. Obama’s desk, leaving a small window for a deal that could rescue millions of taxpayers from rate increases. The fiscal cliff is the combination of across-the-board tax increases due Tuesday, followed a day later by $110 billion in automatic spending cuts imposed as a result of last year’s deal to raise the debt ceiling. Analysts said the combination will plunge the economy into a short, sharp recession, though in the long run the deficit would drop, government debt would return to manageable levels and the economy would be stronger over the next decade. Earlier Sunday, Mr. Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner traded blame for the mess. “They say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they’re behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected,” Mr. Obama said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program. “That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme.” Mr. Boehner countered that the House has passed bills to cancel the tax cuts and the automatic spending “sequesters,” and that Mr. Obama could have headed off the situation long ago if he had pressured Senate Democrats to send the House a bill. “Republicans made every effort to reach the ‘balanced’ deficit agreement that the president promised the American people, while the president has continued to insist on a package skewed dramatically in favor of higher taxes that would destroy jobs,” Mr. Boehner said. Both sides have moved substantially. The Republicans have conceded one of their major principles in agreeing to higher tax rates, while Mr. Obama has said he could accept tax increases beginning at income levels higher than the ones on which he campaigned: $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for families. The latest offer from Republicans was to let rates rise on individuals making more than $450,000 and families making more than $550,000, according to Democrats, who countered with rates above the $360,000 and $450,000 levels. Regardless of what happens with marginal rates, all taxpayers are likely to see at least some tax increases with the expiration of the 2 percentage-point payroll-tax holiday, which was worth about $1,000 to the average taxpayer last year. It was also unclear Sunday whether any final deal would cancel the other part of the cliff: the $110 billion in automatic spending cuts looming Wednesday. Republicans said Democrats wanted to use the money from higher tax rates to cancel the cuts and to cover new unemployment-benefit spending, which would mean the deficit wouldn’t go down at all and defeat the purpose of a deal on taxes. “Every Reid-Obama proposal this weekend raises taxes only to usher in more spending. They don’t cut deficit and debt by one penny,” said Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican. But Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the chamber, said the deficit could be reduced if Republicans would agree to a higher estate tax than Republicans is seeking. “This is supposed to be a fiscally conscious group trying to reduce the deficit, and now they want to reward 6,000 of the wealthiest families in America with an additional annual benefit of $1 million?” He also defended the new unemployment-benefit spending, arguing that it was needed stimulus at a time when the economy is still sputtering. “The president is saying you’ve got to protect these 2 million people who are unemployed. Is that a stimulus? You bet it is,” he told reporters after emerging from an hours-long meeting with fellow Democrats. Even as leaders butted heads, some senators said they were preparing their own workarounds. “I will tell you that I’ve talked with numerous Democrats and Republicans on the floor, and there are a lot of subgroups who are eager to tackle this issue and try to come up with a solution if the negotiations break down at the leaders’ level,” said Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican. She jokingly called it the “common-sense caucus.” • David Sherfinski and Dave Boyer contributed to this article. "
"NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! A private foundation has stepped forward to cover death benefits for the families of troops who've been killed in combat after the Pentagon confirmed the payments have been suspended as a result of the partial government shutdown.Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Tuesday that the Maryland-based Fisher House Foundation has offered to cover the $100,000 payments that the government typically pays out to families within three days of a soldier's death."I am so grateful that the Fisher House Foundation volunteered to help military families to make sure there is no funding gap during a time of unimaginable grief, " Manchin said in a statement, adding that the organization has agreed to cover flights, hotels and other incidentals for family members.The Pentagon says that as long as the budget impasse lasts, it will not be able to pay death benefits to the families of troops who've been killed in combat. The bodies of soldiers killed in Afghanistan since the budget deadlock began will arrive at Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday; Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to attend.“After losing a loved one in service to our nation, these families should not have to endure more pain as the result of political squabbling,” Ken Fisher, the foundation's chairman and chief executive officer said in a statement. “For the last 20 years, Fisher House has been there to support our military families in their time of greatest need. We are now stepping up to honor the sacrifices that have been made, and to repay a debt that is truly unpayable.”Speaker John Boehner blasted the Obama administration Tuesday for withholding the payments. He said Congress gave the Defense Department broad authority to continue paying bills such as the death payments in a law passed just before the partial government shut down on Oct. 1.House lawmakers are planning to vote Wednesday on a bill to restore funding for the payments. Speaker John Boehner blasted the Obama administration Tuesday for withholding the payments.Boehner claimed a bill passed by Congress and signed by the president last week to pay America's troops should have given the Pentagon the latitude "to pay all kinds of bills, including this.""I think it's disgraceful that they're withholding these benefits," Boehner said, urging Obama to sign the bill that the House will take up on Wednesday.The bill would still have to pass the Senate before arriving on Obama's desk. If that bill fails to pass, the Pentagon says, families will be reimbursed once Congress passes an appropriations bill.In the Senate, members of both parties lamented the impasse.Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the lack of compensation for the families of five soldiers killed in Afghanistan over the weekend was "appalling.""Shouldn't we be ashamed?" said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz."Your government has let you down in a time of your need," echoed fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, describing what his message to the families would be. Graham blamed Democrats, Republicans and Obama for the situation.The Pentagon says it has specific instructions from its budget office not to make payments for deaths that occurred after 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2013.The $100,000 payment is being withheld for the families of four soldiers -- two of them Army Rangers -- and one Marine, who were killed while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. The bodies of the four soldiers will be returned to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday.Relatives of 25-year-old 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno; 24-year-old Pfc. Cody J. Patterson; 24-year-old Special Agent Joseph M. Peters; 25-year-old Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins; and 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr. would have otherwise received the payment within three days of the death.Fox News' Justin Fishel and The Associated Press contributed to this report. "
"NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered a lower court to allow the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to be dismissed, as requested by the Justice Department -- likely ending the years-long legal saga stemming from the Russia investigation.The abrupt ending came in a 2-1 ruling and order from judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.READ: COURT'S OPINION ORDERING FLYNN CASE DISMISSALThis was the result of an appeal from Flynn's lawyers asking for a so-called writ of mandamus -- essentially an order telling a government official to carry out a certain duty -- directing District Judge Emmet Sullivan to approve the DOJ's motion to dismiss.Sullivan did not immediately grant that motion and instead sought to hold hearings on the matter, angering Flynn allies.The unusual move from Sullivan to keep the case alive despite prosecutors' wishes was preceded by an unusual move from the DOJ itself to drop the charges against Flynn even after he had pleaded guilty -- saying the FBI interview that led to his charge of lying to investigators about his contacts with Russia's ambassador had no "legitimate investigative basis."It's unclear whether Sullivan could try to appeal to the full appeals court or even to the Supreme Court in order to keep the case alive. The next step otherwise would likely be for Sullivan to comply.Wednesday's court order was direct, ordering "that Flynn’s petition for a writ of mandamus be granted in part; the District Court is directed to grant the government’s ... motion to dismiss; and the District Court’s order appointing an amicus is hereby vacated as moot, in accordance with the opinion of the court filed herein this date."DOJ DROPS CASE AGAINST MICHAEL FLYNNFlynn dialed into Rush Limbaugh's radio show Wednesday, breaking his silence on the case, and calling the decision a “good thing” for him and his family, but “a great boost of confidence” for the American people and “our justice system," while touting his lawyer Sidney Powell as a “terrific lawyer” and “the American guardian of justice.”President Trump cheered the decision Wednesday morning, tweeting: "Great! Appeals Court Upholds Justice Departments Request To Drop Criminal Case Against General Michael Flynn!"JUDGES APPEAR SKEPTICAL OF DOJ MOVE TO DISMISS CASE, AS HIS LAWYER ALLEGES 'GOVERNMENT MISCONDUCT'A senior DOJ official told Fox News the department is “pleased” by the appeals court decision in the Flynn case.The accompanying decision essentially backed federal prosecutors in their move to drop the case.”In this case, the district court’s actions will result in specific harms to the exercise of the Executive Branch’s exclusive prosecutorial power. The contemplated proceedings would likely require the Executive to reveal the internal deliberative process behind its exercise of prosecutorial discretion, interfering with the Article II charging authority,” Judge Neomi Rao, a Trump appointee, wrote in the decision.Judge Robert Wilkins, dissenting, wrote: “It is a great irony that, in finding the District Court to have exceeded its jurisdiction, this Court so grievously oversteps its own. This appears to be the first time that we have issued a writ of mandamus to compel a district court to rule in a particular manner on a motion without first giving the lower court a reasonable opportunity to issue its own ruling."FLYNN-KISLYAK CALL TRANSCRIPTS RELEASED, REVEALING FATEFUL TALKS OVER RUSSIA SANCTIONSOf the DOJ's move to abandon the case, he added, "This is no mere about-face; it is more akin to turning around an aircraft carrier."Democrats, meanwhile, have slammed the DOJ decision and cited it as an example of the department becoming politicized under Attorney General Bill Barr.The Justice Department last month made the stunning move to drop its case against Flynn "after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information," as the department put it.DOJ officials said they concluded that Flynn's interview by the FBI was "untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn" and that the interview was "conducted without any legitimate investigative basis," while arguing that Flynn's statements were not "material, even if untrue."The motion to dismiss came after unsealed FBI notes revealed that there had been a question regarding what the purpose of Flynn’s interview was: whether the aim was to find out the truth or to get him to lie and thus subject him to being prosecuted or fired. Flynn ended up facing charges and being terminated from his role as national security adviser.The handwritten notes – which the FBI's former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap penned after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe – showed officials discussing the fateful January 2017 interview in advance. They apparently discussed various options, including getting Flynn "to admit to breaking the Logan Act" when he spoke to former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period."What is our goal?" one of the notes read. "Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?"Another note read, "If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ + have them decide." The memo appeared to weigh the pros and cons of pursuing those different paths, while cautioning: "If we’re seen as playing games, WH [White House] will be furious."Aside from swiftly being ensnared in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in the fallout from that interview, Flynn was fired from his prominent post as national security adviser in February 2017. The resignation came as he was accused of misleading Vice President Pence and other senior White House officials about his communications with Kislyak.Flynn's communications with Kislyak in December 2016 had been picked up in wiretapped discussions, apparently unbeknownst to him. The FBI agents in January 2017 questioned him on the communications and later used his answers to form the basis for the false-statement charge and his guilty plea.Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe made transcripts of those wiretapped calls between Flynn and Kislyak public earlier this month.Fox News' Tyler Olson, Bill Mears and Jake Gibson contributed to this report. "
" Frustrated Louisville voters banged on the closed doors of the city's lone polling site Tuesday after nearly getting shut out. Twitter Frustrated Louisville voters banged on the closed doors of the city’s lone polling site Tuesday after nearly getting shut out from having their voices heard."
"Dozens of residents chanted “let us in!” after they were locked out of the expo center when the doors at the poll site closed at 6 p.m."
"The voters waited outside for roughly 25 minutes, when Jefferson County Circuit Judge Annie O’Connell stepped in to issue an injunction allowing the poll site to reopen briefly to allow the crowd in, The Louisville Courier-Journal reported."
"“It’s our Constitutional right that is being infringed on right now,” one of the locked-out voters, Don Hardison, told the paper. “I think it’s disingenuous at best that this is the only polling place in Jefferson County.”"
"“It’s [no] coincidence that this is a large urban population.”"
"Kentucky was among three states, including Virginia and New York, that held primaries on Tuesday."
"Kentucky’s Board of Elections dramatically reduced the number of poll sites — from the typical 3,700 polling locations to just around 200 — in light of massive poll staffing shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. The result left Louisville, a city of 600,000, with a single location for voters to cast their ballots."
"The Kentucky BOE, led by Republican Secretary of state Michael Adams, reached an agreement on the reduction in poll sites as part of a strategy with Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear that also included the approval for mail-in ballots and early voting, which allowed voters to cast in-person ballots beginning Monday."
"Despite the shortage in polling locations, voters’ embrace of mail-in ballots and a tightly contested race among democrats vying for Congress has helped Kentucky reach what appears to be record-setting turnout for a primary election in the state, the Courier-Journal reported."
"Adams estimated that total voter turnout would surpass 1 million, including roughly 800,000 from mailed ballots. That figure would shatter the previous record of 922,456 primary voters set in 2008, when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were battling it out in a race for the White House."
"This Tuesday, Kentucky Democrats were voting in a close race between state Rep. Charles Booker and challenger Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, for the Democratic nomination to run against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) this November. "
"NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! A chaotic car chase that began when a woman tried to ram a security barrier near the White House ended with the suspect being fatally shot near the U.S. Capitol, in an incident that put the Hill temporarily on lockdown and caused what one witness described as "mass panic."Police confirmed late Thursday that the suspect was killed after being struck by officers' gunfire.The Secret Service said she had a 1-year-old girl in the car, who was not injured.D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said officers acted "heroically." She said two officers were injured -- one from the U.S. Capitol Police, the other from Secret Service -- but "both will be okay."The USCP officer was released from MedStar Washington Hospital Center Thursday night.Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told Fox News that the woman originally tried to run down a Secret Service agent near the White House. The Secret Service later confirmed the officer was struck by the woman's car.In a statement, it also said multiple gunshots were later fired at two locations near the Capitol.According to U.S. Capitol Police, its officer was injured in a related car crash.The chase and subsequent stand-off near the Capitol went down as lawmakers were debating under the dome about the partial government shutdown. Officials said it appears the incident had "no nexus to terrorism."Terrance Gainer, the Senate sergeant at arms, told Fox News that this appears to be an "isolated incident."Gainer also said the injured Capitol Police officer crashed a police cruiser while trying to join the chase. The cruiser "seriously clipped" a barricade, he said, but the injuries are "not life threatening."The chase and stand-off caused panic on Capitol Hill, with sirens blaring inside the building and lawmakers and their staff being ordered to stay in place. The lockdown was later lifted. Returning to the floor late Thursday afternoon, lawmakers thanked Capitol Police and other security officers and gave them a standing ovation.Officials said the incident began with a car chase, which started when the suspect, driving a black sedan with Connecticut plates, tried to ram a barrier near the White House.Several police cars pursued her to a location near the Capitol building.When they boxed her in, sources said, the driver got out and five or six shots were fired.David Loewenberg, who witnessed the incident, said he saw an officer "hugging a child and taking that child away."Eyewitnesses described a chaotic scene."We were definitely caught off guard, we were scared," said Matt Knuppeo, who said he was touring the Capitol building when the stand-off unfolded. "It was mass panic for a while.""We just heard the gun shots -- pow pow pow pow," witness Emily Wheeler told Fox News.The developments come as lawmakers were debating a series of small spending bills, amid the ongoing partial government shutdown.The violence follows the mass shooting last month at the Washington Navy Yard, where a gunman killed 12 people. The gunman also died.Fox News' Carl Cameron, Ed Henry, Catherine Herridge, Chad Pergram and Nicholas Kalman contributed to this report. "
"Suppose Congress wanted to seize the moment and make real progress on police reform. What would the two chambers do?They would begin by taking to heart the words of Abraham Lincoln, spoken at Ottawa, Ill., during an epic 1858 debate with Stephen Douglas : “In this and like communities, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed.” Today, 57% of Americans believe police in dangerous situations are more likely to use excessive force against black people, up from 34% in 2016. The finding comes in a June poll from Monmouth University. In the same survey, 76%, including 71% of whites, say that discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. is a “big problem.” Within the African-American community, 30% in a June Kaiser Family Foundation poll say they were treated unfairly because of their race during the past year. Forty-one percent say they have at some point been stopped or detained by the police on account of their race, and 21% say they were victims of police violence for this reason. As South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham remarked during a recent Senate hearing, there is something wrong when his home state colleague, Sen. Tim Scott, has been stopped and questioned by Capitol Hill police on multiple occasions—including while wearing his official Senate pin—while it has never happened to him. It is impossible for officers to do their jobs effectively when they don’t enjoy the trust of the communities they are sworn to serve and protect. But without significant changes in police practices, this trust can’t be rebuilt. Some of these changes will require federal legislation. And here again the American people have spoken clearly, across party lines. A ban on chokeholds and strangleholds is supported by 68% of all Americans and 52% of Republicans, according to the Kaiser poll. Requiring police to give a verbal warning, when possible, before shooting at a civilian is favored by 89% of Americans, including 83% of Republicans. More than three-quarters of Americans, and more than 6 in 10 Republicans, favor requiring states to release officers’ disciplinary records, a measure that might have saved George Floyd’s life. Most Americans want to create stronger incentives for police to do the right thing—and to pay a price when they don’t. A remarkable 95% would require police to intervene against, and report, the excessive use of force by fellow officers, a measure that could help tear down the “wall of silence” protecting wrongdoers from scrutiny. Seventy-three percent of Americans, including 55% of Republicans, favor allowing individuals to sue police officers when they believe excessive force has been used against them. Given this consensus, legislators should be able to reach agreement on the court-created doctrine of qualified immunity, which makes it hard to hold officers accountable when they violate constitutional rights. Mr. Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has opened the door to this discussion. “We don’t want to deter people from going into law enforcement,” he says. “But we do want to have a sense of accountability. And to the extent that qualified immunity fosters a sense of ‘It’s really not my problem,’ let’s take a look at it.” Although President Trump has reportedly called this issue a “red line,” Senate Republicans shouldn’t allow him to preclude its consideration. While federal legislation should reform policing, it shouldn’t punish the police, who are trying to do their jobs under difficult conditions. For example, my Brookings Institution colleague Rashawn Ray has proposed housing subsidies to enable more officers to live within the communities they serve. His research also finds that many officers have excessive workloads, forcing them to make high-stakes decisions while not at their best. Reducing workloads and providing housing subsidies would cost money, diminishing the potential savings from transferring some current police functions to mental-health professionals and other social services. Police feel besieged on all sides. Federal legislators should extend an olive branch by incorporating the Protect and Serve Act into compromise legislation. This bill, which would make targeting law-enforcement officers for violent attack a federal crime, is co-sponsored by Florida Rep. Val Demings, reportedly on the shortlist to be Joe Biden’s running mate. Whatever may be done at the federal level, much of the burden of rebuilding the relationship between police and African-American communities will fall on states and localities. There’s an obvious place to start, by curtailing the practices that serve as daily irritants and foster a sense of injustice. These include stop-and-frisk, traffic stops for minor infractions such as broken taillights, and arrests for marijuana possession, which already has been decriminalized or legalized in 26 states and the District of Columbia. We have arrived at a rare moment when meaningful change backed by both U.S. parties is within reach, and we dare not miss it. Main Street: Following weeks of protests decrying institutional racism and police brutality, what happens if men and women of character and ability conclude that being a police officer just isn’t worth it? Images: Getty Composite: Mark Kelly Copyright ©2022 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8"
" Blink? President Obama will meet with House Republicans at the White House Thursday in an attempt to end the government shutdown and come to some kind of agreement on the looming debt ceiling. House Speaker John Boehner is bring 18 House Republicans with him, Obama would prefer he bring all 233 to the meeting. "
""The president thought it was important to talk directly with the members who forced this economic crisis on the country about how the shutdown and a failure to pay the country's bills could devastate the economy," Carney said."
"Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said that "nine days into a government shutdown and a week away from breaching the debt ceiling, a meeting is only worthwhile if it is focused on finding a solution -- that's why the House Republican Conference will instead be represented by a smaller group of negotiators, including the elected leadership and certain committee chairmen." Republicans are asking for serious spending cuts and a possible one year delay of the Obamacare individual mandate in return for a debt ceiling increase. President Obama met with House Democrats late Wednesday night and it still seems like he isn't willing to negotiate until all his demands are met and until "the government is reopened." House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Obama emphasized he is open to any discussion about the budget -- once the government is re-opened."
""We can talk when the government is open," Hoyer said. "The government doesn't need to be shut.""
"President Obama plans on meeting with Senate Democrats and Republicans on Friday."
"NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! The U.S. hit an all-time high yesterday in new daily coronavirus cases at 38,672, according to the COVID Tracking Project.Overall, the U.S. has seen more than 2.38 million confirmed cases as of Thursday, according to the Johns Hopkins University heat map.CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEThe U.S. coronavirus death toll is approximately 121,979. Spikes in cases have been reported around the country, with states including Florida, Texas and California particularly hard hit.Florida saw a record number of cases on Tuesday, according to a report from the state Department of Health. There were 5,508 new coronavirus cases as of midnight on Tuesday and 44 more deaths related to COVID-19.In Texas, new COVID-19 infections broke the 5,000 mark Tuesday for the first time, a week after they first surpassed 4,000 in a single day. Amid the spike in cases, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that everyone who goes to a state-run testing site will be given a free set of three-ply surgical masks.Hospitalizations have also climbed to record numbers in Texas, with the recent spike even prompting the country’s largest children’s hospital to begin admitting adult patients in Houston.CORONAVIRUS 'ALWAYS GOING TO BE WITH US,' LEADING EPIDEMIOLOGIST SAYSCalifornia reported a record uptick in cases Wednesday and Los Angeles County had the most cases in the country, with 88,262 total cases as of June 23, according to the CDC, which reports stats from Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Wednesday urged residents to stay home amid a sharp spike in coronavirus cases as businesses continue to reopen.Fox News’ Brie Stimson, Michael Ruiz, Ann W. Schmidt contributed to this report. "
"NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! White House and Senate Republican negotiators have reached a tentative deal on the fiscal crisis, sources told Fox News -- but Vice President Biden made a late-night visit to Capitol Hill to try to get rank-and-file Senate Democrats on board.A senior official told Fox News that President Obama has gotten the sign-off from Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. But the official said they are “not spiking the ball” yet.Both chambers of Congress still must pass whatever is introduced, and negotiators could face some heavy lifting in selling the plan to skeptical House conservatives as well as liberal Democratic senators.The framework for a deal, though, was coming together even as it became clear Congress would likely miss a midnight deadline for action -- leaving taxpayers unsure about how much they'll be paying in 2013.For the near-term, it appears a tax hike will technically go into effect on Jan. 1.More On This... But the goal is to produce a bill that could patch up the problem in the coming days, sparing most Americans from any major hit. Though the House adjourned for the night, Senate leaders were hoping to hold a vote in the coming hours.According to a senior official, the White House and Senate Republicans reached an agreement on the last major sticking point -- what to do about the $110 billion in automatic spending cuts set to kick in starting next month.The official said the two sides agreed to postpone the cuts by two months, in exchange for a 50-50 mix of revenue increases and spending cuts. Of those cuts, half would come from defense and half would come from other budgets.The deal also includes an extension of current tax rates for everyone except families making above $450,000 -- up from Obama's earlier threshold of $250,000. The draft framework would also extend long-term jobless benefits for a year and address other expiring provisions like the estate tax.Logistically speaking, it is highly unlikely that both chambers can pass anything by midnight, after which the more than $500 billion in tax hikes are set to start kicking in, followed by sweeping spending cuts. Lawmakers, though, could potentially let the tax rates lapse, only to patch up the problem in early January.The big question is whether the plan being drafted by Senate leaders can pass both chambers -- and if so, when. The longer the stalemate drags on, the greater the risk for the economy and taxpayers.House conservatives could take issue with the way the spending cuts were overhauled -- particularly the inclusion of additional tax increases.On the other side, Democrats were crying foul all afternoon over the move to raise taxes only on those making over $450,000."Looks like a very bad deal the way this is shaping up," Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said.The reaction raises the possibility that if any bill is produced, Reid and House Speaker John Boehner might still struggle to sell it to their members.But all sides were stressing the urgency of the situation.Of the looming tax hike, President Obama said: "Middle class families can't afford it, businesses can't afford it, our economy can't afford it." Fox News' Ed Henry, Chad Pergram and Mike Emanuel contributed to this report. "
"President Joe Biden raised the refugee cap to 62,500 Monday following weeks of criticism that his administration was too slow in revising former President Donald Trump’s cap.Trump ordered before leaving office that no more than 15,000 refugees could be accepted into the U.S. during the fiscal year 2021, a level both Biden and other Democrats criticized as far too low. The White House had previously said it would keep Trump’s cap in place for the time being, however, with the ultimate goal of setting a 125,000 refugee cap in 2022. “Today, I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year,” Biden said in a Monday statement. “This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees. The new admissions cap will also reinforce efforts that are already underway to expand the United States’ capacity to admit refugees, so that we can reach the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions that I intend to set for the coming fiscal year.” WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: President Joe Biden elbow bumps House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as he addresses a joint session of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images) Biden warned that while he was raising the cap, he still does not expect that the U.S. will admit a number near 62,500, arguing that the policies of the Trump administration prevented such an increase so soon. “The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year. We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway,” Biden said. “We have reopened the program to new refugees. And by changing the regional allocations last month, we have already increased the number of refugees ready for departure to the United States.” Thirty-four Senate Democrats wrote a letter to Biden urging him to raise the cap to 62,500 last week, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. (RELATED: White House Backtracks After Top Dems Slam Biden’s Decision To Keep Trump’s Refugee Caps In Place) “The United States must reject the previous Administration’s cruel legacy of anti-refugee policies and return to our longstanding bipartisan tradition of providing safety to the world’s most vulnerable refugees,” the senators wrote. "
" Published August 14, 2019 U.S. stocks, especially shares of tech companies, and bond yields rallied Tuesday after the White House said tariffs on key Chinese imports would be delayed. Early in the day's session, equities turned positive on a report that China's commerce secretary agreed to conduct a phone call in two weeks with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, according to Reuters.MORE FROM FOXBUSINESS.COM Wall Street then learned that the White House was delaying until Dec. 15 additional tariffs on certain Chinese exports. The tech sector led the day's gainers: Products in this group included companies that make cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, toys and computer monitors. Shares of footwear and clothing companies also gained.Ticker Security Last Change Change % I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 34517.89 -220.17 -0.63%SP500 S&P 500 4410.65 -7.99 -0.18%I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 13914.659411 +123.51 +0.90% Shares of Caterpillar and Boeing also turned positive in a reversal from the premarket session.The U.S. consumer price index increased 0.3 percent in July. The cost of energy products led a range of goods that contributed.Ticker Security Last Change Change % MU MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC. 91.59 +1.83 +2.04%XLNX XILINX INC. 194.92 -21.63 -9.99%BA THE BOEING CO. 214.04 +1.74 +0.82%CAT CATERPILLAR INC. 200.50 -0.69 -0.34%AAPL APPLE INC. 169.10 +0.46 +0.27% The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.69 percent, up from the previous session's yield which had settled near its three-year low.The CPI had edged up 0.1 percent for two straight months.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX BUSINESS APPMarket benchmarks in London and Frankfurt ended the day higher, while Shanghai and Tokyo closed down. Hong Kong's main index lost 2.1 percent as pro-democracy protesters crowded into the territory's airport for a second day."
" House Republicans gave ground Thursday in the debt ceiling fight by offering to raise the nation’s borrowing limit for six weeks, and the White House said President Obama might sign such a measure to avoid default. With the barest outlines of a deal on the table, as the partial government shutdown entered its 10th day, Mr. Obama met for more than an hour late Thursday with Speaker John A. Boehner and other GOP leaders at the White House, before the Republicans leaders scurried back to the Capitol to huddle. “The takeaway from the meeting was our teams are going to be talking further,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican. The White House said the meeting was worthwhile but insisted “no specific determination was made.” The Republicans proposed a six-week limit increase to the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling in exchange for the White House agreeing to talk about a broad set of fiscal issues. But Senate Democrats remain a sticking point. Majority Leader Harry Reid said he’s not sure what to expect out of the House GOP. “We’ll just wait and see, because they cannot decide what they want,” he said. And late in the evening he set up a key filibuster test vote for Saturday on his preferred option, which would impose a 15-month debt holiday, allowing Mr. Obama to borrow freely until after the 2014 congressional elections. The mere suggestion of a debt deal by Mr. Boehner sent the stock markets soaring on Thursday, showing how keenly business leaders are watching the negotiations. The administration says the government will run out of room to borrow more money on Oct. 17 and will have to resort to paying out of cash on hand. That would probably mean missing payments to Social Security recipients and veterans, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Thursday, laying out consequences if the debt limit is fully reached. He pointedly did not mention halting payments on the debt, but said he shouldn’t be forced to pick and choose between other programs. Still, he declined to say exactly how he would prioritize, leaving vague the exact consequences. “I think prioritization is just default by another name,” he said. The debt negotiations have overshadowed the shutdown, which began Oct. 1 when Congress and Mr. Obama were unable to agree on how to fund the government in fiscal year 2014. Continuing to deal with the shutdown fallout, the House passed a bill to restore more Border Patrol operations, adding to its list of piecemeal bills. The Senate, meanwhile, tolled its 10th day without holding a floor vote on any of those proposals. The chamber did, however, clear a bill to ensure families of troops killed in action will be able to immediately receive the $100,000 death benefit they are due. The White House said that was unnecessary since it had found a work-around that had a private foundation pay the benefits, with a promise that it will be reimbursed after the shutdown ends. Still, Mr. Obama will have to decide whether to sign the new bill. The Obama administration also signaled it is willing to relent on some of its closures of national parks, telling the Associated Press it would seek to allow states to use their own money to fund operations at some sites. It remained unclear late Thursday whether the GOP was still focused solely on a debt deal or whether it would accept adding a shutdown deal into the mix. House Republicans’ debt proposal was vague when Mr. Boehner laid it out for reporters Thursday morning, after conferring with the House Republican Conference. “I don’t want to put anything on the table, I don’t want to take anything off the table,” he said. The White House reacted cooly but didn’t rule out that Mr. Obama might go along with the GOP proposal. “The president is happy that cooler heads at least seem to be prevailing in the House,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney, who added that the GOP proposal “seems to be a recognition that default is not an option.” “It is certainly at least an encouraging sign … that they’re not listening to the debt-limit and default deniers,” he said. But Mr. Carney also said the president “strongly prefers” a Senate bill that would raise the borrowing limit beyond the 2014 elections. “We’ll see what they’re able to pass, and consider it then,” he said of House Republicans’ proposal. "
" Sept. 30, 2013: The sun begins to set against the Capitol dome in Washington. (AP)NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! On one end are Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. On the other are Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and the Tea Party contingent.The stand-off between these factions has driven the partial government shutdown, which as of Friday afternoon was still not resolved. But there's plenty of middle ground between them.So, can lawmakers find it?A break in the two-week impasse began to appear as lawmakers, for the first time since Oct. 1, really started talking to each other, and to the White House. President Obama hosted, separately, members of all four congressional caucuses between Wednesday and Friday.The meetings resulted in a flurry of compromise plans being floated. It's unclear what version all sides might ultimately decide on, or whether a flare-up could once again scotch the talks.But the following is an overview of where the middle ground could lie, on each of the major sticking points.ObamaCareDemocrats' starting position: The White House and Democratic leaders like Reid and Pelosi have insisted that ObamaCare be left entirely intact during budget talks. Obama regards the overhaul as settled law and said he would not negotiate.Republicans' starting position: In an effort spearheaded by Cruz, Lee and Tea Party allies, Republicans initially demanded that ObamaCare be defunded. The House passed a budget bill doing so, though the Senate rejected that version.The middle ground: Several ideas have been floated between the two poles on ObamaCare. One was to delay the individual mandate -- the requirement on individuals to buy health insurance -- by a year.With the insurance exchanges already underway, though, the administration is very resistant to the idea.One possibility could simply be to delay the sign-up deadline by a few weeks or months. The Associated Press reported earlier this week that the real deadline to sign up, in order to avoid a fine, is mid-February -- though officials previously said it was March 31. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in a statement Thursday, blasted the administration for "burying" the vital update.A proposal that already has bipartisan support, though, is to repeal the medical device tax, a provision in the law expected to rake in $30 billion over the next decade -- but at a crippling cost to the medical device industry. An amendment opposing the tax won the support of 79 senators; Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is calling for the repeal again as part of any deal.This time, though, she's proposing a change in pension policies to offset the lost revenue.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Friday that at least delaying the tax is "common sense."Lawmakers are also talking about imposing more fraud-prevention measures.The Budget/SequesterDemocrats' starting position: Some Democrats wanted to use the budget process to undo the sequester, across-the-board cuts that took effect in March after lawmakers failed to reach a broader deficit-reduction deal.Republicans' starting position: House Republicans voted last month to keep the sequester cuts in place.The middle ground: The first step toward resolving the battle over the sequester may be to provide more flexibility.Collins and other senators are talking about giving agencies the flexibility to pick and choose what to slash, subject to the oversight of Congress -- as opposed to keeping them locked into across-the-board cuts.But Fox News has learned that a number of senators, following Friday's meeting at the White House, are now also talking about a plan to potentially swap out some "discretionary" spending cuts -- cuts to federal agencies and the like -- for cuts to entitlements.Entitlements like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are the biggest drivers of the debt. Part of the reason the sequester was so tough on everything from the Pentagon to the Department of the Interior is because it never touched that side of the equation.Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in a Wall Street Journal column, likewise proposed providing "relief" to federal agencies from the spending cuts by offsetting some of it with "structural reforms" to entitlements.Debt CeilingDemocrats' starting position: Obama and other Democrats wanted Congress to approve a no-strings-attached increase in the debt ceiling -- despite having negotiated with Republicans in 2011 over spending cuts.Republicans' starting position: Republicans started out by planning to attach a host of measures to the debt-ceiling increase -- everything from spending cuts to a delay in ObamaCare to a provision giving the green light to the controversial Keystone pipeline.The middle ground: Initially, House Speaker John Boehner proffered a short-term increase in the debt ceiling -- one mostly free of additional riders -- as the middle ground in this debate. But Obama pushed back, since he wants to address the partial government shutdown as well.Republican senators emerging from Friday's meeting said Obama continues to insist that he will not negotiate on the debt ceiling.But Ryan, in his Wall Street Journal op-ed, laid out one possible course. Aside from modest changes to entitlements -- like having top earners pay higher premiums for Medicare -- he pointed to the long-running efforts by Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., to reform the tax code -- namely, by lowering rates, broadening the base and simplifying the code. This has long been the goal of the tax-reform crowd, but Congress somehow always manages to avoid the debate.Ryan, though, pointed out that Obama has indicated an inclination to engage, by pushing for a reduction in the corporate tax rate. He urged Congress to, at last, take up tax reform alongside curbing entitlements, as part of a deal to resolve the impasse. "This is our moment to get a down payment on the debt and boost the economy," Ryan wrote. "But we have to act now." "
"NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Disney World's reopening plans are not facing any new resistance from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis despite a recent surge in new coronavirus cases in the state.DeSantis announced that the state has no plans to curtail restart dates that they have already approved."We are monitoring all aspects related to COVID-19 in Florida and do not have plans to roll back any approved reopening business plans at this time," the governor's office sent in a statement to WSTP.DISNEY WORLD CANCELS HALLOWEEN PARTY, ADJUSTS EPCOT FESTIVAL DATE BEFORE REOPENINGThis includes central Florida’s biggest employer: Disney World.The Florida theme park, whose reopening plans were approved back in May, is still set to open as early as July 11 despite pleas from cast members urging government officials and park executives to delay their plans out of the safety of guests and staff members.Many of their concerns were detailed in a petition on, which has since notched over 12,000 signatures as of Friday morning. An entrance of Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on August 19, 2015 (iStock) DISNEYLAND RELEASES UPDATED HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES AS IT NEARS REOPENING DATE"Because of the increase in cases suddenly, it is clear that theme parks – a non-essential business – should not be planning to operate until the cases have gone down again," the petition stated. "While theme parks are a great way to relax and enjoy free time, it is a non-essential business; it is not fair to the people who work there to risk their lives, especially if they are at risk or have family members who are at risk. People are more important than making a profit."Disney's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks are slated to open on July 11 followed by EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on July 15. The phased reopening will effectively end a nearly four-month shut down that stifled business for the employer who has a workforce of 77,000 employees.FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWSHowever, the petition suggests that Disney should halt its reopening plans until cases have gone down again and that "retreating back to an earlier Phase in re-opening" is the best way to prevent exposing the thousands of theme park employees and their families to the virus.Representatives for Walt Disney World and Gov. DeSantis have not immediately returned Fox News' request for comment.This past week, Florida’s caseload surpassed the 100,000-person mark. On Tuesday, the Sunshine State had 103,503 cases, a daily jump of 3,286 cases. Florida also reported 3,238 deaths, an increase of 64 from the previous day. The newly announced cases ranged from the top federal prosecutor in Tallahassee to 11 athletes on different teams at the University of Florida.By contrast, Disney announced it was postponing the mid-July reopening of its Southern California theme parks until it receives guidelines from the state. Disney also will delay the planned July 23 reopening of its Grand Californian and Paradise Pier hotels.The quick reversal came after Gov. Gavin Newsom voiced concerns about reopening amid the recent increases in COVID-19 infections across Southern California counties.The Associated Press contributed to this report. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "
" The Supreme Court rejected an ACLU-backed bid to slow deportations Thursday, dealing a major victory to the Trump administration and denying some asylum seekers the right to make their case to a federal judge."
"A Sri Lankan migrant named Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam, who was apprehended just 25 yards from the southern border after entering the country illegally, is at the center of the case. The legal question was whether asylum seekers can seek habeas corpus, the basic right to have your detention reviewed by a judge, when they are fast-tracked for removal."
""This ruling fails to live up to the Constitution's bedrock principle that individuals deprived of their liberty have their day in court, and this includes asylum seekers," said ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt, who argued before the justices for Thuraissigiam. "This decision means that some people facing flawed deportation orders can be forcibly removed with no judicial oversight, putting their lives in grave danger.""
"Thursday's decision follows a Tuesday ruling from a federal appeals court that allowed the Trump administration to expand fast-track deportations. Taken together, the rulings are a boon to Trump's efforts to speed the pace of deportations, burnishing his border hawk credentials ahead of the November election."
"The bottom-line outcome was 7-2. Justice Samuel Alito delivered the majority opinion, which the Court's conservatives joined. Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg agreed with the result but did not join the majority. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, joined by Justice Elena Kagan."
"Thuraissigiam is a member of Sri Lanka's Tamil minority, who face abuse by the Sri Lankan government according to human rights groups. In January 2017, Thuraissigiam asked for asylum after he was intercepted entering the United States unlawfully. An immigration officer determined he did not have a "credible fear" of persecution and his superiors signed off, teeing up a quick deportation. Asylum seekers who fail the credible-fear test are placed in a speedy expulsion protocol called "expedited removal.""
"There were almost 100,000 credible-fear claims in 2018."
"A 1996 immigration law dictates that courts can't review a credible-fear determination. Immigration authorities get the final word. Nonetheless, Thuraissigiam went to a federal judge and asked for a second chance at his asylum interview, arguing he should have passed the credible-fear stage. The judge refused. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit revived Thuraissigiam's bid and ruled that the 1996 law violates the Constitution's suspension clause, which forbids rescinding habeas corpus except in case of emergency."
"The High Court reversed the Ninth Circuit's ruling Thursday and said Thuraissigiam's claim went well beyond the scope of habeas corpus as understood when the Constitution was adopted."
""Habeas has traditionally been a means to secure release from unlawful detention, but [Thuraissigiam] invokes the writ to achieve an entirely different end," namely the right to stay in the United States and get a new credible-fear interview, Alito wrote."
""Claims so far outside the core of habeas may not be pursued through habeas," he wrote elsewhere, citing earlier cases from 2008 and 2011."
"There was also a practical concern. Given that thousands of asylum seekers are placed in expedited removal, the government feared a ruling for Thuraissigiam would prompt a surge of habeas petitions in federal courts. That's contrary to the design of the 1996 law, Alito said."
""The potential for a flood would be, of course, far greater if this Court holds that there is a right to file a habeas-seeking review of a negative credible-fear determination," Justice Department lawyer Edwin Kneedler told the justices during oral arguments in March. By the Justice Department's count, about 100 asylum seekers sought habeas following the Ninth Circuit's decision in Thuraissigiam's case, he said."
"In a separate opinion, Breyer agreed that Thuraissigiam should lose, but said the Court should not go further and explore "difficult questions" touching deportations and the suspension clause."
"In dissent, Sotomayor said the majority needlessly "purges an entire class of legal challenges" to immigration detention and wrongfully limited the ancient writ of habeas corpus."
""Today’s decision handcuffs the judiciary’s ability to perform its constitutional duty to safeguard individual liberty and dismantles a critical component of the separation of powers," Sotomayor wrote. "It will leave significant exercises of executive discretion unchecked in the very circumstance where the writ’s protections have been strongest.""
"The case is No. 19-161 Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam."
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" Congress spent the weekend insisting that it will reach a deal to raise the federal government’s borrowing limit by Thursday but making scant progress even as all sides tried to reassure itchy financial markets ahead of the stock market opening Monday. Most of the action Saturday and Sunday was negative: Republican senators filibustered Senate Democrats’ proposal for a 15-month debt-ceiling holiday, and those Democrats in turn said they couldn’t accept Republicans’ compromise to reopen the government and extend the debt limit while making minimal changes to Obamacare. The best lawmakers could muster were promises of more talks in the few days left until Thursday, when the Treasury Department says it will run out of maneuvering run and will bump into the $16.7 trillion debt limit. “I had a productive conversation with the Republican leader this afternoon. Our discussions were substantive and we’ll continue those discussions,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, who was closing down a rare Sunday session. He pronounced himself “optimistic about the prospects for a positive conclusion.” Meanwhile, the government shutdown neared the two-week mark amid growing protests over the closure decisions the Obama administration has made. During a protest on the Mall on Sunday, veterans and other supporters broke down the barriers around the World War II Memorial and tried to carry them to the White House in a challenge to the National Park Service’s decision-making. On Saturday, talks between President Obama and House Republicans collapsed. Republican lawmakers said they concluded that the White House was negotiating in bad faith. Mr. Reid and his Republican counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, stepped into the breach, saying they would try to finalize a deal. Mr. McConnell said one was already at hand — the proposal from Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican, to delay an Obamacare tax on medical devices and impose stricter checks on those receiving government subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Her proposal would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s tax on medical devices — a repeal that’s popular on both sides of the aisle — and would impose eligibility tests to weed out fraud among those receiving taxpayer aid from Obamacare. But the chief holdup for Democrats is that her plan would extend current funding for six months, including leaving in place the budget sequesters, which kick in again Jan. 15. Democrats want just a six-week extension of funding to raise spending. To do that, they must cancel the sequesters. Ms. Collins had been negotiating her deal with a bipartisan group of about dozen of her colleagues, and Mr. McConnell issued a statement saying Democratic leaders should seize on it as the basis for talks. “It’s time for Democrat leaders to take ‘yes’ for an answer,” the Kentucky Republican said. But the six Democratic senators in those negotiations issued their own statement saying there was no deal, just talks. “We have been involved in productive, bipartisan discussions with Senator Collins and other Republican senators, but we do not support the proposal in its current form,” the Democrats said. “There are negotiations, but there is no agreement.” With the stock exchanges open Monday, Democrats and Republicans were waiting to see how investors would react to the lack of a deal, and the short time frame to reach one. The prospect of a short-term deal proffered by House Republicans on Thursday sent the market soaring, and it remained high Friday as talks proceeded. On Sunday, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said failure to reach a deal could cripple the U.S. recovery and plunge the world economy back into recession. She told policymakers that they need to find a way to do two potentially contradictory things: Cut spending so they control their deficits in the long run, but don’t sap the economy by cutting too deeply. “The pace of consolidation has to be sensible in order to protect that growth, which is generating jobs and which is helping in all sorts of ways. But hurry up to deal with entitlement that will come up and haunt you in a few years’ time,” she told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program. “So it’s a balanced approach.” She also warned that even if the U.S. continues to shift money to make payments on its debt, cuts elsewhere in government funding would be a problem. Republicans want to see those long-term entitlement cuts, while Democrats want to see the short-term immediate spending. The Senate was in session Saturday and Sunday, though it held just one show vote. Republicans were filibustering Democrats’ plan for a 15-month-long debt ceiling holiday, which likely would have meant at least a $1 trillion increase in government borrowing. House lawmakers, meanwhile, were in session only Saturday and didn’t take action on any shutdown or debt bills. Republican House leaders have not put their own debt plans on the floor for a vote, as they struggle for unity, but they remain a major hurdle to any deal. Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, warned Democrats not to overplay their hand. “Now, I think the Democrats are on the verge of being one tick too cute as they see the House possibly in disarray. They now are overreaching, and I think that what we’ve got to do is get this back in the middle of the road, act like adults, deal with these issues in an appropriate way,” Mr. Corker told “Fox News Sunday.” "
" How bad do some House Republicans think the Senate bill is? Ohio Rep. Steven LaTourette thinks the only way that number of Senate Republicans could have voted for the plan was if they were drunk: "I think our sense, at least in the House, was that a number of the Republicans that voted for it must have been drunk, because it really was a number that wasn't reflective of where we thought some of these people were going to be on a bill like this," he said after emerging from a House GOP caucus meeting. The CBO analyzed the bill, which passed 89-8, and found that the deal comes with a hefty price tag: The Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Senate-passed package showed the bill adds more than $330 billion in net new spending, thanks to new refundable tax credits and new unemployment benefits. All told, the bill deepens deficits by nearly $4 trillion over the next decade, with the vast majority of that coming in the form of extended tax cuts."
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"NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! On Monday, a mob attempted to knock down a statue of Andrew Jackson. They spray-painted the base, trying to knock the statue down. In large letters, you can see it says "killer" at the bottom. Amazing.TRUMP BLASTS 'WEAK' STATE LEADERS FOR ALLOWING REMOVAL OF STATUES AND HISTORIC MONUMENTSThis is happening all over the country as you know and there's a reason for it. Over the weekend, most recently -- doubtless, you've heard of this -- city officials announced their plan to remove the statue of Teddy Roosevelt from outside New York's Museum of Natural History. The bronze statue has stood there in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda facing Central Park since before the Second World War. Soon it will be gone.People who erected that statue 80 years ago would be confused by this, no doubt. They did not consider Teddy Roosevelt a controversial figure. In fact, Roosevelt was the most popular president in American history. He was also the most American president. No other country could have produced Teddy Roosevelt.Roosevelt's virtues mirrored the values of America. He was physically brave. He was profoundly literate, highly self-disciplined and amazingly energetic. While still a college student, Roosevelt wrote a two-volume history of the War of 1812 that is still in print today. You can buy it on Amazon.CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTERHe was the youngest president in our history. He saved our economy from corporate monopolies. And by doing that, he made the American middle class possible. He created the national parks. He created the Panama Canal, the Food and Drug Administration, and then he kept going.The list of Teddy Roosevelt's achievements fills entire shelves of biographies. Those are in addition to the more than 40 books he wrote himself on topics ranging from Oliver Cromwell to cattle ranching to social justice.Personally, Roosevelt was a famously decent man. In 1901, he invited his friend Booker T. Washington to dinner. No African-American had ever eaten in the White House. Democrats roared with rage at the idea. For the crime of having a meal with a black man, they attacked Teddy Roosevelt and his wife for the rest of their lives. But Roosevelt never bowed. He gave the finger to the mob, and he continued cheerfully on.Teddy Roosevelt was a hero to millions of Americans. He still is. That's precisely why they are tearing down his statue. They know that if they can force you to watch as they topple your heroes, they have won. There's nothing they can't do next.They can decide how you raise your children, how you vote, what you're allowed to believe. Once they've humiliated you, they can control you and that's why across the country, mobs are tearing down America's monuments.Teddy Roosevelt was a hero to millions of Americans. He still is. That's precisely why they are tearing down his statue. They know that if they can force you to watch as they topple your heroes, they have won. There's nothing they can't do next. In the cities of Richmond and St. Paul, Minn., they've torn down statues of Christopher Columbus. They did the same thing in Boston. Boston's mayor now says it's time to remove a statue of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed the slaves. It's racist.In Dallas, they pulled the Texas Ranger statue out of the airport after more than 50 years. In Dearborn, Mich., they toppled the statue of the former mayor. They did the same thing in Philadelphia.In Nashville, they pulled down a statue of a former U.S. senator. Same in Albany. In Oregon, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were torn down. In San Francisco, the mob demolished statues of Ulysses S. Grant, Junipero Serra, and Francis Scott Key. On the pedestal of the Key monument, they spray-painted, "Kill the colonizers" and "Kill whitey," just in case you missed the point.One thing all of these Americans, now canceled, have in common: Not one of them fought for the Confederacy. Pulling down their statues had nothing to do with the Civil War -- at least not the first Civil War, the one that took place 150 years ago.Democrats understand that very well, and they support all of it. In every place where the mob has destroyed public monuments, Democratic leaders have backed them as they did it. But at the same time -- and you should know this -- so have many Republicans.Last week a mob in downtown Washington, D.C. decided to tear down a statue of a man called Albert Pike. Pike was famous as a journalist and a poet and later as a prominent Freemason.This is not a momentary civil disturbance. This is a serious and highly organized political movement. It is not superficial. It is deep and profound. It has vast ambitions. It is insidious; it will grow. Its goal is to end liberal democracy and challenge Western civilization itself. For less than a year, from late November of 1861 to mid-July of 1862, Pike served in the Confederate Army. Pike was later arrested for treason against the Confederacy, and he faced execution for that. But in the end, it didn't save him from the mob. They set fire to Pike's effigy as it lay on the ground.At least one prominent conservative tweeted his approval of this. Republicans in Congress said nothing at all, and they could have. Pike's now destroyed statue is owned by the National Park Service. It's federal property. Tearing it down was a federal crime, but no one in Washington even considered enforcing that law.Kevin McCarthy of California, the top Republican in the House, was not in a position to say much of anything. McCarthy has endorsed the removal of statues that the left has designated as racist. Last week, as violent mobs roamed the country destroying public property, Kevin McCarthy refused to acknowledge it on his official Twitter account. On Wednesday, McCarthy did manage to send a very emphatic tweet calling for sanctions against Syria "to hold the Assad regime responsible for its atrocities."Elected Republicans, almost all of them, are in no hurry to stop the disorder. They appear to believe what we're watching is a version of the Rodney King riots from 1992. People saw an upsetting video on the internet, they're angry, and that's understandable. But they'll calm down soon, and we can get back to cutting capital gains taxes and sanctioning Bashar al- Assad. That's their view of it.They are wrong. This is not a momentary civil disturbance. This is a serious and highly organized political movement. It is not superficial. It is deep and profound. It has vast ambitions. It is insidious; it will grow. Its goal is to end liberal democracy and challenge Western civilization itself.This is an ideological movement. The ideas that fuel it have incubated for decades on college campuses. We paid for all of it, by the way. The rest of us were so thrilled that our kids got into Duke that we decided to ignore what Duke was actually teaching them and are continuing to send big checks. That was a mistake. It was one of the greatest mistakes we've ever made.We didn't appreciate the stakes involved at the time and as a result of that, we became easy marks for their lies. Even now, so many of us continue to pretend that this is about police brutalities, about the death of a man called George Floyd in Minneapolis.We still imagine we can fix it by regulating chokeholds or spending more on de-escalation training. We are too literal. We're too good-hearted to understand what's really happening. Our decency is the mob's main weapon against us. We have no idea who we're up against.For most people, the primary joy in life is the act of creation, making something good and useful, whether it's dinner for your family or a deck off the back of your house or a solid day at work. The most profound act of creation, of course, is having children -- new life itself.Healthy societies celebrate all of this. They understand that the impulse to create is how civilizations are built. But they also recognize that there are forces arrayed against creation and they vigilantly defend themselves against those.In every society, there are those who seek to destroy. They destroy for the same reason that troubled boys torture dogs or shoot house cats. Inflicting pain makes them feel powerful.We used to call people like that anti-social forces. They still exist. We just pretend they don't. Or worse, we excuse their behavior. We coddle them. We fund them. Wall Street sends them money in the hope that they will be destroyed last. The rest of us just look on confused. We don't really know what's happening, but the destroyers know. They know exactly what's going on.The forces of destruction have grand ambitions. It's not just about the Teddy Roosevelt statue. They plan to rule this country. Never in American history have they been more emboldened than they are now. Just this Monday afternoon, around lunchtime, an activist called Shaun King issued the following demand on Twitter: "All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus and his European mother and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form of white supremacy created as tools of oppression, racist propaganda. They should all come down."Before you dismiss that idea as absurd, the rantings of some crank on social media, keep in mind that Shaun King is the most famous Black Lives Matter leader in this country. Black Lives Matter is now more popular than either major political party. So, don't be surprised when they come for your church. Why wouldn't they? No one is stopping them.The forces of destruction have grand ambitions. It's not just about the Teddy Roosevelt statue. They plan to rule this country. What will happen if they do?Well, you may imagine that self-defense is bulwark against chaos. In this country, you assume you can always defend yourself and your family. That's a pillar of our civilization, of all Western civilizations.One woman assumed that, too. On Wednesday, she was driving through Louisville, Ky. According to local police, the woman found herself surrounded by protesters who were blocking the road. They stood in front of her car with a megaphone. She argued with them to let her pass. One of them produced a gun. The woman tried to flee.When the woman stopped at a red light a block later, another protester pointed a gun at her. Again, she hit the gas and made it home alive.On Sunday, National Public Radio published an article about the incident. The headline of that piece: "Vehicle attacks rise as extremists target protesters." In other words, for trying to escape from being murdered, NPR called this woman an extremist who was "targeting protesters."Think about that and you'll begin to understand why so few citizens have tried to stop the mobs as they pillage our country. Antifa doesn't own the statues in your city's parks; it doesn't own your city. You do. You help pay for it. But what would happen if you tried to defend public property or even if you tried to defend your own property?You know the answer. You'd be swarmed by federal agents, you'd be Roger Stoned with the help and complicity of CNN and NPR and so many others. You'd be the criminal. There's no question. You've seen this happen before.Right now, only Republicans can save us. Not because they are inherently virtuous, not because they want to -- they don't -- but because they're the opposition party to the extent they still have opposition to anything. We have no choice but to ask for their help. The Republican Party is the only power center-left in this country available to people who dissent. To a remarkable degree, federal law enforcement is now driven by political imperatives. Certain kinds of so-called hate crimes top the list of priorities. They'll draw the FBI faster than you could summon the local police to your house during a home invasion, even when, as is so often the case, they turn out to be hoaxes.Meanwhile, actual hate crimes -- brutal crimes in which Americans are gravely injured -- are ignored completely. They take place on our streets with shocking regularity. The media don't cover them. They often go unpunished entirely.That's not speculation. There's quite a bit of video of it online, some of it very recent. We're not going to show you the clips. If you're interested, go to the Twitter feed for the Matt Walsh blog before Twitter pulls it down. You'll get the point.But you already know. Laws are not applied equally in America. Some victims are considered more deserving than others, despite the fact we're all citizens. Justice is not blind. Never in our lives has this been more true than it is right now, and is very likely to get worse. That's the aim of this movement, of these riots -- to overthrow the value, the principle of equality under the law.After November, that trend could accelerate dramatically. And by the way, we should stop pretending that this is an election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. There is no Joe Biden. The Joe Biden you remember no longer exists.The babbling husk you see may have the same name and similar features, but behind the mask, there is nothing but a jumbled collection of talking points from the early 70s. "Turn on your record players." "No malarkey."The candidate has no independent thoughts of his own. He has no core beliefs. He is empty. He's a perfect Trojan horse. For the people who've taken over the Democratic Party, he is perfect.More from Opinion Their plan is to ride him to power. Once there, someone tough and calculating and purposefully -- Kamala Harris, probably -- will change the country. How? Well, they've shown us how.For three years, they told us that secret Russian agents had taken over the U.S. government. There was never a single piece of evidence to show that that was true in any way. It was a hoax. And yet it worked. They dominated the country with that lie, and that was their dry run.Can we convince millions of people to believe something that's completely absurd? Yes, we can. That's what they learned. That's the lesson. They'll do it again.This time the Russians will be Confederate sympathizers or Nazis or white supremacists or whatever other name they choose to give to their political opponents. It almost doesn't matter. But once they pick one, they will gin up mass hysteria because that's what they're good at. The media will collaborate fully because that's their job. And we'll have another witch hunt, once again with the full support of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. And who knows, maybe the military too, because the threat is just that profound.A few foolish souls will attempt to point out the obvious, what's true. Of course, there are racists here, as there are everywhere. But overall, this is the least racist country in the history of the world. Millions of Africans want to move here. Many already have. Our last president was black. What are you talking about?Those people will be silenced. Anyone who defies the narrative will be silenced. By that point, the category of hate speech will have expanded to include anything they don't want to hear and will be criminalized, a federal offense. You watch. If they can tear down a Lincoln statue because it's racist, they can ban the First Amendment. You don't want to live in a place like that.Who can save us from that? Well, as of right now, only Republicans can save us from that. Not because they are inherently virtuous, not because they want to -- they don't -- but because they're the opposition party to the extent they still have opposition to anything. We have no choice but to ask for their help. The Republican Party is the only power center-left in this country available to people who dissent.It doesn't matter who you voted for last time. This is not an endorsement of anyone's policies. It's an acknowledgment of who holds power and who doesn't. And the Republican Party's the only power center available.On Friday, Vince Coglianese of "The Daily Caller" interviewed Donald Trump in the White House. Coglianese asked the president why he hasn't sent federal troops to stop the chaos in cities like Seattle. Here's what the president answered: "Right now, I think it's great sitting back and watching this catastrophe."We understand the point he was making. These are liberal cities, and they're destroying themselves. Their policies don't work. This is what you get when you vote for liberals.But it's still the wrong answer. A president is responsible for all Americans, no matter where they live -- for the country itself. Imagine if you had a bitter argument with one of your children. The kid runs out of the house and goes completely off the deep end and becomes a heroin addict, living on the street. But you don't look for him. You don't try and save him.Instead, you brag that his drug addiction is proof you were right all along. "Right now, I think it is great sitting back and watching this catastrophe." You wouldn't say that. No good parent would say that. No president should say it, either.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWe need help, and we need it right now. These are not protests. This is a totalitarian political movement, and someone needs to save the country from it.Adapted from Tucker Carlson's monologue from "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on June 22, 2020.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM TUCKER CARLSON "
" Oct. 10, 2013: House Speaker John Boehner, joined by fellow Republicans, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! House Republicans abruptly cancelled plans to take up a revised budget proposal Tuesday evening after leaders struggled to round up votes, leading Senate negotiators to resume bipartisan talks in hopes of reaching a deal before Thursday's debt ceiling deadline.House GOP leaders, after a closed door session, announced there would be no votes Tuesday night. With that decision, focus shifted back to the Senate and talks between Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell.A spokesman for Reid issued a statement late Tuesday saying, "Senator Reid and Senator McConnell have re-engaged in negotiations and are optimistic that an agreement is within reach."The emerging framework on the Senate side would raise the debt ceiling through February, and include a spending bill meant to last through Jan. 15. That version would not include any provision relating to the ObamaCare medical device tax.Amid discontent on the House side, conservatives were also unhappy with the Senate version and raised concerns that Senate Republicans would go along with it.More On This... Some were still holding out hope that Republicans could score a bigger victory against ObamaCare, and singled out GOP senators like Bob Corker of Tennessee, John McCain of Arizona, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who have all suggested the initial push to try and defund ObamaCare as part of the fiscal deal was a bad strategy.Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp panned them as part of the "Senate Surrender Caucus." "And they wonder why conservatives don't trust them," he told Action for America -- the political advocacy arm of the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, which has led efforts to defund the health care law -- also remained critical of the Senate side."To their credit, House Republicans responded to their constituents by pushing to defund this unworkable, un-affordable and unfair law," said Mike Needham, chief executive for Heritage Action. "Unfortunately, their leverage is being severely undermined by many of their Senate colleagues who do not share their determination."While the Senate had originally been crafting a bipartisan bill to address the budget impasse, House Republicans surprised Senate negotiators earlier Tuesday when they announced they were pursuing their own framework. Moving quickly, House Speaker John Boehner's office announced late Tuesday afternoon that the chamber would vote by the end of the night.But a vital meeting of the House Rules Committee, which prepares bills for the floor, was then postponed -- a signal that House leaders were lacking the necessary votes.Fox News is told that a decision by the Heritage Action to come out against the emerging bill drove some Republicans to oppose the plan -- and helped sideline the proposal.The group complained that the House plan would "do nothing" to stall "massive new entitlements" in ObamaCare.The revised House plan was aimed at both ending the partial government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling, but also imposing one ObamaCare-related provision.Though Republicans have considered over the last several weeks a range of provisions relating to ObamaCare, the one they settled on in this package would force Congress, the president, and many other administration officials and staff onto ObamaCare without additional subsidies. GOP lawmakers described the proposed mandate as a matter of "fairness.""If the president and Senate Democrats are going to force the American people to live under ObamaCare, then they and all Washington leaders should not be shielded from the law," one GOP aide said.The idea was to pass the bill in the House, and effectively dare the Senate to hold up the bill -- and risk missing the debt-ceiling deadline -- because senators don't want to submit to ObamaCare.But with some conservatives no longer on board, it was unclear whether Boehner would try to tweak and salvage the package -- or kick the debate back over the Senate.Amid the confusion, some Democrats urged the Republicans to throw in the towel. "You have two options -- you can get bowled over by the Senate or you can get bowled over by the Senate," said one House Democratic aide.Senate leaders had effectively hit pause on their own negotiations while talks play out on the House side. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats blasted Boehner for pursuing a House plan, sources indicated the Senate was willing to wait on the House -- if for no other reason than, procedurally, it would save a lot of time. That's because a measure coming from the House could not be filibustered.Fox News is told the latest plan to emerge in the House would end the partial government shutdown by funding the government through Dec. 15. It would also raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7 -- in turn averting the looming Thursday deadline to raise the debt cap.Unlike a prior proposal, it would not include a provision delaying the medical device tax in ObamaCare. It would include a provision limiting the Treasury Department's ability to buy more time when faced with future debt-ceiling deadlines.Importantly, the plan would kick other budget decisions, including the debate on the medical device tax, to a conference committee.Republicans earlier claimed the details of their plan were not so far off from a bipartisan approach being crafted in the Senate. Republicans urged Democrats to give it a chance, and questioned why they would preemptively reject it."To say, 'absolutely categorically not, we will not consider what the Republicans in the House of Representatives are doing,' in my view, is piling on," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on the Senate floor, as Democrats lined up against the House plan. "Let's sit down and work this out."The mood in Washington has shifted drastically in the last day, with both sides of the aisle hurling accusations at one another when, the night before, bipartisan leaders in the Senate were claiming on the floor to have made significant progress.White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage called the House approach a "partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans who forced the government shutdown in the first place."In the most visceral remarks, Reid alleged Boehner is trying to "preserve his role at the expense of the country" -- and said his plan will not pass the Senate."Extremist Republicans in the House of Representatives are attempting to torpedo the Senate's bipartisan progress with a bill that can't pass the Senate ... and won't pass the Senate," he said.Amid the partisan crossfire, President Obama met with House Democratic leadership Tuesday afternoon.Fox News' Chad Pergram, Bret Baier and Mike Emanuel and's Joseph Weber contributed to this report. 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"NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! WASHINGTON — A Russian spy unit paid members of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement to conduct lethal attacks on U.S. troops in that country, according to a classified American intelligence assessment, people familiar with the report said.The assessment of the role played by Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, in fostering attacks on American soldiers, comes as President Trump is pushing the Pentagon to withdraw a significant portion of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and as U.S. diplomats try to forge a peace accord involving the Taliban and the U.S.-backed Afghan government.WHY IS US TRYING TO CURTAIL ICC INVESTIGATION OVER 'WAR CRIMES' IN AFGHANISTAN?The intelligence assessment regarding Russia’s actions in Afghanistan was delivered to the White House earlier this spring, and until recently had been known only to a handful of officials, a person familiar with it said. Its contents were reported earlier Friday by the New York Times.It couldn’t be determined whether Russian bounties paid to Taliban fighters resulted in any American combat deaths in Afghanistan.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe White House, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon declined to comment. Russia’s Embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.At issue is a secretive unit of the GRU that, according to Western officials, has conducted sometimes clandestine lethal operations against Moscow’s adversaries. The same unit, they said, was responsible for the poisoning in the U.K. of Sergei Skripal, a former GRU officer who defected to Britain, and his daughter. Russia has denied involvement.This story continues in The Wall Street Journal. "
" Conservatives in the House sabotaged Speaker John A. Boehner’s plan Tuesday to dent Obamacare while reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling, leaving senators scrambling to kick-start their own deal before Thursday’s deadline for a potential default. The conservatives said Mr. Boehner’s plan sounded too much like a surrender to President Obama, as it left most of his health law in place. As the chances grew for missing the Treasury Department’s Thursday deadline to increase the debt limit, stock markets tumbled and one of the nation’s three credit ratings agencies put U.S. debt on a negative watch, which could precede a downgrade. After the House efforts collapsed, top Democrat Sen. Harry Reid and top Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell resurrected their negotiations, which had been put on hold all day. “Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell have re-engaged in negotiations and are optimistic that an agreement is within reach,” Adam Jentleson, Mr. Reid’s spokesman, said late Tuesday — though they adjourned late Tuesday without having finalized anything. The deal they had under discussion would be far more tilted toward Democrats’ liking than what Mr. Boehner had devised. If the Senate can pass its bill, it essentially will challenge Mr. Boehner to try to get it through the House on the strength of Democratic votes. The two Senate leaders had been working on a plan that would include stopgap funding for the government through Jan. 15 and give the government borrowing authority through February. Mr. McConnell was still hoping to make some dents in Obamacare, but he lost much of his leverage when House conservatives undercut Mr. Boehner. Without action, the government shutdown, already in its third week, will continue. And the Treasury Department says that if the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling isn’t raised by Thursday, it will run out of maneuvering room and will only be able to pay bills with cash on hand. At some point — the time is hotly debated — that will mean missing payments on Social Security checks or veterans’ benefits or other government operations. While the Treasury Department has not said it will stop making debt payments, which would avoid a technical default, it said the consequences could still be disastrous. Indeed, Fitch Ratings put U.S. Treasury bonds on a negative ratings watch Tuesday, saying that even if the federal government continued to make debt payments, cuts to other spending would “damage the perception of U.S. sovereign creditworthiness.” The other two ratings agencies, Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s, have not signaled similar warnings yet. House Republicans were left reeling by the conservative revolt within their ranks. In characterizing the situation, one Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, posted a Twitter message Tuesday night that linked to a video of the climactic scene in “Star Wars” when the Death Star explodes. Emerging from an evening closed-door meeting with Mr. Boehner, Rep. Pete Sessions told reporters they were no longer going to put the House bill on the floor Tuesday. “We are going to be prepared tomorrow to make some decisions,” Mr. Sessions said. Earlier Tuesday, the GOP thought it had a solution. In a meeting of the entire House GOP conference, Mr. Boehner presented a plan to reopen the government through Dec. 15, to raise the debt ceiling through early February, to repeal the medical device tax in Obamacare, to require Mr. Obama and his top aides to take part in the health exchanges, and to stiffen income verification for those getting government subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. But by the end of the two-hour meeting it was clear there was dissent, and Mr. Boehner told reporters they were still working on the plan. By Tuesday afternoon, they had narrowed the bill down to just the requirement that Mr. Obama and top political appointees take part in the health exchanges, without the benefit of government subsidies to pay their premiums. “If Obamacare is good for members of Congress, then it’s good for the president,” said Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican. A vocal group of conservatives rebelled again, though, forcing the GOP to scrap that new bill. “It was going to raise the debt ceiling hundreds of billions of dollars with no change in spending,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Kansas Republican, told CNN. The conservatives were prodded by Heritage Action, a pressure group that has demanded Republicans refuse to fund any of the government unless Mr. Obama agrees to cancel Obamacare. Even amid the government shutdown, most of Obamacare is up and running, because it is based on independent funding, not on the annual spending bills. Those bills were due to pass by Sept. 30. Without them, the government went into a partial shutdown on Oct. 1. Some employees in the Defense Department have been let back on the job, but about 350,000 government workers remain on furlough, most national parks are closed, the Internal Revenue Service isn’t issuing refunds and a host of other functions have halted. Amid the GOP wrangling, Senate negotiations — which began on Saturday and which both sides said were bearing fruit — halted. Mr. Reid, Senate Democrats’ leader, was incensed at Mr. Boehner’s attempt to try to fashion his own bill. “We felt blindsided,” Mr. Reid said. Mr. Reid personally attacked Mr. Boehner, saying he is kowtowing to “extreme” elements of the GOP in order to maintain his speakership. “I am very disappointed in John Boehner, who once again tried to preserve his role at the expense of the country,” Mr. Reid said The White House has steadfastly resisted any major changes to its health law, and it has rejected attaching any strings to bills to reopen the government and raise the Treasury Department’s borrowing limit. “The president has said repeatedly that members of Congress don’t get to demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nation’s bills,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said. "
"NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Washington – House leaders are planning to call a vote on the Senate-passed fiscal crisis bill as early as Tuesday night, moving ahead despite the concerns of rank-and-file Republicans about the lack of spending cuts in the package.The House began its debate on the bill Tuesday evening.Lawmakers were moving quickly, after Republicans spent the day weighing their options against a tight deadline. If they are to act on the bill, they have less than two days before a new congressional class is sworn in.House Speaker John Boehner had earlier presented members with two options, sources told Fox News. The first would be to craft an amendment to the Senate bill that would add a package of spending cuts. However, it was determined that such a measure did not have enough votes to pass, so lawmakers were moving on to option two – an up-or-down vote on the Senate bill.The vote comes amid increasing pressure from House Democrats and the Senate side. Democratic House leaders said Tuesday the time for talk was over and pushed their Republican counterparts for a vote. But even as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called for a compromise, word came that the No. 2 House Republican, Eric Cantor, opposed the bill.More On This... “I do not support it,” Cantor told reporters after a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans.Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio, said earlier sentiment among House Republicans was to amend the bill to incorporate more spending cuts. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., echoed the statement."I'd be shocked if this does not go back to the Senate" with changes by the House, Bachus said.But other Republicans, while voicing opposition to the bill, acknowledged that it could potentially pass the House. Boehner, though, may have to rely on a large bloc of Democrats to get it approved.The bill, as passed by the Senate, would halt a tax hike for families making under $450,000, while letting rates rise for those making above that threshold. It would also extend unemployment insurance for another year, while patching up a host of other expiring provisions and delaying automatic spending cuts for two months."Obviously there is no time left to ping-pong proposals," one aide told Fox News. "The Speaker was kept appraised throughout the negotiations. There are no surprises in this bill, and the House needs to pass it as is. If House Republicans mess with this agreement that got 88 votes in the Senate, they will be solely responsible for the largest tax hike in American history."Realistically, rejection by the Republican-controlled House means that fiscal talks would have to start all over again when the new congressional class is seated on Thursday. And that means Americans would be left paying for the pricey political stalemate, as long as it drags on. Congress already missed the New Year’s Eve deadline for action, which technically triggered tax hikes. Without a resolution soon, taxes would jump by $2,400 on average for families with incomes of $50,000 to $75,000, according to a study by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. And because consumers would get less of their paychecks to spend, businesses and jobs would suffer as well.Americans would also feel cuts in government services; some federal workers would be furloughed or laid off and companies would lose government business. The nation would lose up to 3.4 million jobs, the Congressional Budget Office predicts. The longer the stalemate drags on, the greater the risk for the economy and taxpayers.House conservatives had begun voicing frustration Monday night about the lopsided ratio of tax increases in the plan, as compared with net spending cuts. One estimate showed the bill includes $620 billion in tax hikes and $15 billion in spending cuts. As one House Republican told Fox News, "I can’t imagine a ratio such as that warming our fiscal hearts."Not all Democrats have been on board either."Looks like a very bad deal the way this is shaping up," Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said earlier Monday. Harkin voted against the Senate bill Monday night, as did Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.The tax hikes, combined with the spending cuts, could trigger another recession if they are not dealt with soon, economists warn. The fiscal deal, though, still pushes off a permanent decision on the spending cuts until two months down the road, when lawmakers could find themselves in a similar position -- only this time, with the debt ceiling playing a far more prominent role.Fox News' Ed Henry, Chad Pergram and Mike Emanuel contributed to this report. "
" FILE: October 3, 2013: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor after a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (REUTERS)NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Two top senators gave bleak assessments Sunday of the likelihood of Congress swiftly reaching deals to end one fiscal crisis and avert another, with the Republican lawmaker saying Democrats are now overreaching in their demands.“We will see our way through this, but the last 24 hours have not been good,” Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker told “Fox News Sunday.” “I agree that Republicans started with the overreach, but now Democrats are one tick too cute. They are now overreaching.”Corker argues that Senate Democrats want Republicans, as part of the fiscal negotiations, to roll back the steep cuts to government spending, known as sequester and signed into law in the 2011 Budget Control Act.He told Fox News the cuts are just as much the law of the land as ObamaCare, which Republicans tried to dismantle in the deals – one to end the partial shutdown of government services that started Oct. 1 and another to agree on the nation's borrowing limit before Thursday’s deadline.Corker also said he thinks the White House told Senate Democrats earlier in the weekend to pull back. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is among 24 senators who have given bipartisan support to a proposal put forth by Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins that Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected Sunday.Manchin told Fox News he had “no idea” what Senate leadership now wants or where negotiations will go next.Said Corker: “It’s not clear how this will end. Both sides need to come to the middle of the road.”The Senate returns to work Sunday with Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell keeping an open dialogue, which appears to show the best opportunity to resolve the fiscal crises is now in the upper chamber.After rejecting the Collins proposal, leaders of the Democratic-led Senate headed down Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with President Obama at the White House.Whether they will try to revive the proposal was unclear. They left the 75-minute meeting without talking to reporters. Sen. Collins appeared hopeful that Democrats may be open to reviving the plan."Despite [Senate Majority Leader] Sen. Harry Reid's unfortunate dismissal of the 6-point plan, …. it continues to attract bipartisan support,” Collins said. “Six Senate Republicans and six Senate Democrats met twice today to discuss how we could move forward with the plan or some version of it. These meetings were constructive and give me hope that a bipartisan solution … is within our reach."Reid rejected the plan -- which calls for funding the government for six months and increasing the federal debt limit through January -- purportedly, in part, because the spending level of $967 billion next year was too low, despite it providing more flexibility in administering the federal budget cuts under sequester.Collins’ plan also calls for a two-year delay on ObamaCare's medical device tax and requires income verification for Americans seeking subsidies for ObamaCare.“Susan Collins is one of my favorite senators, Democrat or Republican,” Reid said. “I appreciate her effort, as always, to find a consensus. But the plan that she suggested … is not going any place at this stage.”The upper chamber also failed Saturday to get the necessary 60 votes on a bill to increase the debt limit through 2014 that was “clean” of Republican demands for spending cuts or changes to ObamaCare.In the Republican-controlled House, negotiations ended abruptly when Republicans refused to let Democrats vote on a bill to reopen the government, which resulted in an exchange between a staffer from each party.Earlier in the day, House Speaker John Boehner told his caucus in a closed-door meeting that he and the president still have no deal. The White House rejected a House plan to open the government for just six weeks.The Associated Press contributed to this report. "
"A large majority of Americans don’t believe taxpayer money should be used to pay reparations to black Americans, but the data collected in a Reuters/Ipsos poll in June is split along racial and partisan lines.While polling data following the death of George Floyd has revealed that a significant majority of Americans support criminal justice reform, reparations do not have a comparable degree of support, the new poll shows. The poll shows that one in ten white respondents supported the idea of reparations, while half of black respondents to the survey supported it. Each demographic makes up 76.5% and 13.4% of the U.S. population, respectively, according to the U.S. Census. Republicans opposed the idea of reparations at nearly 80%, while one in three Democrats supported it, according to the poll. The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday, included 1,115 adults who were surveyed about their feelings on slavery. It also included 4,426 adults’ responses in a separate survey about racial issues conducted June 10 to 16. William A. Darity Jr., an economist at Duke University, told The New York Times that hypothetical reparations should be distributed to people who fall under two suggested qualifying conditions: having at least one ancestor who was enslaved in the U.S., and having identified oneself as African-American on a legal document for at least a decade before the approval of any reparations. Andrea Levy (R) from Queens, New York, joins other demonstrators for slave reparations on the National Mall August 17, 2002 in Washington, DC. Hundreds of black people rallied, saying it is long past time to compensate blacks for the ills of slavery. (Photo by Manny Ceneta/Getty Images) The reparations would be acknowledgment of the forced, unpaid labor, brutality and dispossession that slavery caused, supporters say. Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in February that he supports a study on slavery reparations and said that following results of the study, a decision should be made going forward. (RELATED: Biden Supports Slavery Reparations Study, Wants Immediate Action On ‘Institutional Racism’) H.R. 40 was introduced in the House in 2019. If passed it would “study and develop reparation proposals for African-Americans” and explore if the U.S. governed would need to issue a formal apology for “the perpetration of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity on African slaves and their descendants.” "
"NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House "absolutely" will take up the new Senate budget plan -- even if he has to rely on mostly Democrats to pass it -- and that he expects the partial government shutdown to end by Thursday.Boehner made the comments in an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW-AM."We fought the good fight. We just didn't win," he said.Boehner spoke as the Senate was preparing to vote on a recently struck bipartisan deal to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.The Senate proposal would fund the government through Jan. 15, and raise the debt cap through Feb. 7.More On This... The plan would not include any provision relating to the ObamaCare medical device tax, as prior plans did; instead it would include a single provision meant to verify the income of those receiving ObamaCare subsidies. It would also instruct a bipartisan budget committee to report back on a broader plan by mid-December.Lawmakers on both sides acknowledged the deal was far from perfect, and once again pushes off difficult and long-term decisions about the country's fiscal health for another day."This deal is yet another promise to work on the problem tomorrow," Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said in a statement.It also tees up another confrontation weeks down the road if the two sides are unable to scratch out a longer-term deal. But, for the near-term, it would lift the partial shutdown that began on Oct. 1 and remove the threat of missing the debt-ceiling deadline on Thursday.The big question had been whether, if the bill passes the Senate, Boehner would allow it to come to the floor. Though many Republicans remain resistant to the plan -- in large part because it does not significantly address ObamaCare -- it could potentially pass with a combination of moderate Republicans and Democrats.Asked Wednesday if he'd let the House vote, even if a majority of Republicans wouldn't support it, Boehner said: "Oh, absolutely."But Boehner added he'll encourage Republicans to support it."We fought the good fight. There's no reason for our members to vote no today," he said. Boehner said he anticipates the partial shutdown will be over by Thursday.Boehner met with his rank-and-file members Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Senate vote. The House is planning to take up the measure shortly afterward. One House GOP leadership aide said it appears there's enough support to pass the bill.Boehner, in deciding to let the Senate bill come to the floor, had been left with few options.The night before, Boehner had been forced to shelve his chamber's alternative bill amid resistance from conservatives, and just about every Democrat. Conservatives complained it didn't go far enough in eroding ObamaCare. Already Wednesday, those same lawmakers were being pressured by conservative groups to vote "no" on the emerging deal.Boehner could have tried to put forward a new proposal, which would easily put the government past Thursday's deadline to raise the debt ceiling.The other option was simply bringing the Senate bill to the floor, relying on some Republicans and a lot of Democrats to pass it. Despite pressure to oppose the bill from groups like the Club for Growth, moderate Republicans disenchanted with the Tea Party's confrontational approach could peel off and join their Democratic colleagues.House Democrats were already planning for that possibility. Senior House Democratic sources told Fox News that the party is confident they can deliver most of their caucus on the vote.The current House breakdown is 232 Republicans and 200 Democrats. That means Republicans need help from Democrats if they lose just 16 members.House Democrats held a formal meeting Wednesday afternoon, as Senate leaders charged ahead with votes expected later in the day. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, helped clear the way for that vote when he announced he would not filibuster, though he opposes the deal itself.White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, indicating President Obama would support the plan, said the president believes it "achieves what's necessary."The model for a bill being passed largely by Democrats is the vote in January on aid for Hurricane Sandy victims. The House approved it 241-180 -- but with only 49 Republican yeas and a robust 192 Democratic yeas.The move would be risky for Boehner, and could potentially trigger another effort down the road, from the right, to challenge his speakership. Letting a bill pass on the backs of votes from the minority party would violate what is loosely known as the "Hastert Rule" -- named after former Speaker Dennis Hastert, and referring to the principle that the party in control of the House should make sure that party is mostly on board with any bill coming to the floor.But would Boehner really be in trouble by relying on Democrats? One senior House Republican said it's "highly unlikely" that a new leader would emerge "that can raise money, message" and corral the warring factions of the party."Boehner takes the high road," the aide predicted. "He tried to do the right thing. It's not like he hasn't been warning us."Since initially demanding that ObamaCare be defunded as part of any budget deal, Republican leaders have scaled back those demands considerably. The boldest provision in the most recent House bill would have forced top government officials and lawmakers onto ObamaCare, without subsidies.But the latest version was still too heavy-handed for Democrats, and too weak for conservatives. The final version only addressed income verification for subsidies.Fox News' Chad Pergram contributed to this report. "
" If there was a “hint” of truth to reports that Russian agents offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. soldiers, then President Trump should have been immediately informed on the matter, Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said Monday. His comments come a day after Mr. Trump said that “nobody briefed or told me,” Vice President Mike Pence or White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows “about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an ‘anonymous source’ by the Fake News @nytimes.” The New York Times reported Friday that U.S. intelligence concluded months ago that Russian military intelligence agents had offered the bounties to militants linked to the Taliban. The paper said Mr. Trump was briefed on the matter and that the National Security Council held a meeting about it in late March. Speaking to reporters in a phone briefing Monday morning, Mr. Thornberry, Texas Republican and ranking member of the House panel, said the possibility of bounties put on U.S. soldiers “is on a different level from providing weapons.” “It is so egregious that if, in my view, if there were a hint of credibility to it, then you need to bring it to the president’s attention. And there needs to be a plan on what you’re going to do, because it’s a very egregious step,” he said. Mr. Thornberry said that while he is unsure of the credibility of the report and has not yet been briefed, the president “should have been briefed immediately.” The congressman said committee leadership has “insisted” that the full panel be briefed on the intelligence to examine the scope of credibility and identify a timeline on when officials knew of such information. Mr. Thornberry suggested that “it may be appropriate for people who should have briefed the president to be removed if they did not follow their responsibilities.” Trump administration officials have denied the accusation that the president was told of bounties. Four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan earlier this year. "
" Dr. Mayank Amin administers the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to Helen Pepe, 94, at a clinic run by Skippack Pharmacy in Collegeville, Pa., March 7, 2021. (Hannah Beier/Reuters) The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15 by early next week, according to a new report."
"The authorization could come as soon as the end of this week, the New York Times reported on Monday. If the FDA gives the green light, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory panel will likely convene the next day to review the clinical trial data and make recommendations for the shots’ use in adolescents, the report says."
"The news comes weeks after Pfizer announced results from its trial in adolescents showed the vaccine is at least as effective in that age group as it is in adults. As of now, the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in individuals aged 16 and older."
"The drugmaker reported that none of the adolescents who received the vaccine in its clinical trial developed symptomatic infections. Pfizer announced in late March that participants showed strong antibody responses and experienced similar side effects to those seen in people ages 16 to 25."
"“We can assure the public that we are working to review this request as quickly and transparently as possible,” Stephanie Caccomo, a Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said, according to the Times."
"Moderna is also expecting results from its own clinical trial involving adolescents ages 12 to 17 soon, as well as results for children 6 months to 12 years old in the second half of 2021."
"Such approval would help bring the country closer to reaching herd immunity and would likely help ease the concerns of vaccinated adults who have been stuck in limbo, unsure how to return to a level of normalcy with their unvaccinated children."
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