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McEnany: Capitol insurrection spoiled plans for a farewell press conference

McEnany addressed reporters briefly on Jan. 7 but opted to read off a roughly two minute-long prepared statement and exited without taking questions. “I knew I needed to go to the podium,” McEnany said Tuesday. “I knew that’s what Christ would want me to do. I knew it’s what, as a woman of faith, I […]

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White House: Biden not considering sharing Covid vaccine with Mexico

“No. The president has made clear that he is focused on ensuring that vaccines are accessible to every American. That is our focus,” Psaki told reporters at a White House press briefing. “The next step is economic recovery. And that is ensuring that our neighbors, Mexico and Canada, have similarly managed the pandemic, so that […]

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Allegations against Cuomo need to be carefully investigated, W.H. press secretary says

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Psaki did not answer directly on Sunday when asked whether Biden believes either Bennett’s or Cuomo’s account, but said the president “has been consistent that he believes that every woman should be heard.” “Charlotte should be treated with respect and dignity. So should Lindsey,” Psaki said. “And there […]

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Biden considers elevating Mayor Pete’s spokesperson

Meagher got his start in politics doing press and communications work for former Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.). He has served as senior communications adviser for the Colorado and Montana state Democratic parties. He also worked for Sen. Jon Tester’s (D-Mont.) Senate reelection campaign in 2018. In addition to Meagher’s potential hire, Andrew Bates is also […]

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Biden hikes cost of carbon, easing path for new climate rules

The price point is temporary. A new Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases is required to issue a final number by January. “A more complete update that follows the best science takes time. This is why we are quickly restoring the prior estimates as an interim step,” Heather Boushey, a member […]

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White House planning to forecast vaccine shipments months in advance

The background: Early in the vaccine rollout, states complained they weren’t getting enough notice of vaccine shipments. Soon after taking office, Biden’s Covid team committed to providing states with three-week estimates into their vaccine allocations. Over the past month, weekly vaccine shipments to states have steadily increased from 8.6 million shots to 14.5 million. “States […]

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Biden administration sending masks to poor communities

Why it matters: The initiative comes nearly a year after Trump administration health officials first internally explored whether to send masks to every American in hopes of slowing the virus’ spread — an idea that was rejected at the time. Public health experts have since pushed for reviving the concept as a way of reaching […]

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Biden calls for national unity and healing, as coronavirus death toll climbs past 500,000

“For the loved ones left behind: I know all too well. I know what it’s like to not be there when it happens. I know what it’s like when you are there holding their hands, there’s a look in their eye and they slip away,” said Biden, whose first wife and infant daughter died in […]

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NASA doing ‘preparatory work’ for climate push, acting chief says

“We’re just taking a look at our Earth science decadal survey … and the missions that would get to make those measurements to particularly support climate research and looking at how we might accelerate those,” Jurczyk said in an interview. “We’re doing some preparatory work expecting that that’s going to be a request when we […]

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‘Stop the bleeding’: Biden reaches out to Europe, but Trump’s damage has been done

Biden is guaranteed to get hearty applause while addressing G-7 leaders and the Munich Security Conference on Friday, but his administration should expect a rockier road ahead. After conversations with his British, French and German counterparts, aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is meeting Quad counterparts (India, Japan and […]

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