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Psaki won’t say if Biden wrong to declare victory over COVID in July

Gwen Berry, flag-snubbing US track and field star, defended by the White House

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday wouldn’t say if President Biden was “overconfident” in declaring victory against COVID-19 in July. Psaki was pressed during Thursday’s press briefing on whether Biden was too confident a few months ago, prompting Psaki to sidestep the question.  “This is an evolving virus, a smart virus that has produced additional variants, variants that have been incredibly…

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White House defends calling Taliban ‘cooperative and businesslike’ in negotiations on Americans leaving

White House defends calling Taliban 'cooperative and businesslike' in negotiations on Americans leaving

The White House said the Taliban have been “businesslike and professional” in their dealings on allowing Americans to leave Afghanistan, calling the dialogue “cooperative” and casting it as a “positive first step.”  The U.S. government said it facilitated the safe evacuation of American citizens and lawful permanent residents from Afghanistan on Thursday on a chartered Qatar Airways flight that…

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Biden to announce vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees

President Biden orders review of 9/11 document classification nearly 20 years later

President Joe Biden is announcing Thursday that all employers with more than 100 workers will be forced to require coronavirus vaccinations or test employees weekly. The mandate will be announced Thursday afternoon and is expected to affect as many as 100 million Americans.  CALIFORNIA PROFESSOR SUES OVER VACCINE MANDATE, SAYS HE HAS NATURAL IMMUNITY The expansive rules mandate that…

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Department of Justice sues Texas over abortion law: ‘Clearly unconstitutional’

AG Garland violates pledge to remain nonpolitical in fiery statement blasting state’s election laws

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas over its new law outlawing abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday.  The Texas Heartbeat Act, or S.B. 8, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, prohibits all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks,…

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Biden violating his campaign pledge, ‘politicizing’ DOJ to do his bidding, legal experts warn

Biden violating his campaign pledge, 'politicizing' DOJ to do his bidding, legal experts warn

President Biden is facing harsh criticism from legal experts and elected officials for violating his campaign promise to keep the Department of Justice (DOJ) non-political, after he directed the department to pursue politically charged lawsuits against Republican-led states.  In recent weeks, Biden – supported by other Democrats and liberal groups – has green-lighted DOJ to file lawsuits against Georgia,…

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Trump backs candidate in crowded Wyoming GOP House primary in push to oust Cheney from Congress

Trump backs candidate in crowded Wyoming GOP House primary in push to oust Cheney from Congress

Stepping up his efforts to knock Republican Rep. Liz Cheney out of Congress, former President Trump on Thursday took sides in the House GOP primary in Wyoming, giving his support to one of the candidates hoping to defeat Cheney in next year’s election.  The former president endorsed Harriet Hageman hours before the Wyoming lawyer’s formal announcement of candidacy, writing…

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Biden to campaign for California Gov. Gavin Newsom day before recall election

Biden to campaign for California Gov. Gavin Newsom day before recall election

California Gov. Gavin Newsom‘s campaign announced Thursday that the day before the state’s gubernatorial recall election, President Biden will join Newsom at a rally in Long Beach. The rally, Newsom’s last before his fate is decided by the recall vote, will take place Monday. Biden will be encouraging Californians to vote against the recall, Newsom’s campaign said.  GOV. GAVIN…

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Flight from Kabul with Americans on board lands in Qatar

Flight from Kabul with Americans on board lands in Qatar

A flight with American citizens and lawful permanent residents that departed Afghanistan on Thursday safely landed in Qatar, the White House confirmed, adding that the Taliban was “cooperative” in the effort. The flight which departed Kazul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport was chartered through Qatar Airways. The White House said the State Department would provide an “accurate” number of how…

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Biden officials praised Bergdahl prisoner swap that released terrorists now in Taliban cabinet

Blinken blames Trump admin SIV backlog for failure to get Afghan allies out of the country

Top officials now residing in the Biden administration once praised the 2014 exchange of five Taliban members for Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl as a swap that was “absolutely” worth it.  “Was it worth it? Absolutely,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki, then a State Department spokeswoman, told Fox News in a 2015 interview.  “We have a commitment to our…

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