Biden says getting COVID-19 vaccine 'gigantically important'
President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. In a TV town hall Wednesday night in Cincinnati, Biden pleaded that it’s “gigantically important” for Americans to step up and get inoculated against the virus as it surges once again.
Hunter Biden details lifelong addiction struggle in memoir
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, Hunter Biden arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. ___Before meeting his future wife in California, Hunter Biden cycled through addiction, rehab and sobriety all while managing to have a family and career as a lawyer and lobbyist. Everybody was outside now.”To end the scene, Hunter Biden agreed to check into a facility in Maryland. After she dropped him off, Hunter Biden writes, he called an Uber, told the staff he’d return in the morning and then checked into a hotel near Baltimore’s airport. Hunter Biden was kicked out of the U.S. Navy Reserve after he failed a drug test.
Jill Biden sees teachable moment in the depths of a pandemic
(Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP, File)WATERFORD, Pa. – Jill Biden sees a teachable moment in the depths of the coronavirus pandemic. She's still teaching, virtually from the White House, and pining for the day she can go back to the classroom. Jill Biden quickly set her agenda as first lady by highlighting all three of her longtime causes in her first weeks. ___There apparently are no incognito errand runs for Jill Biden. Ad___After Jill Biden released a photo of herself at the counter of The Sweet Lobby, the boutique bakery wasn't the only thing that became an instant hit.
Judge rejects Rep. Devin Nunes defamation suit against CNN
A defamation lawsuit Rep. Nunes brought against CNN was tossed out by a Manhattan judge on Friday, Feb. 19. Scott Applewhite, File)NEW YORK – A defamation lawsuit U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes brought against CNN was tossed out by a Manhattan judge on Friday. The Nunes lawsuit said Parnas was telling lies to try to get immunity. In court papers, CNN lawyers said Nunes and his staff had declined to comment prior to publication on whether Nunes had met with a Ukrainian prosecutor. "In his rush to sue, however, Rep. Nunes overlooked the need first to request a retraction."
2 impeachment trials, 2 escape hatches for Donald Trump
Together the two impeachment trials Trump faced illustrated his ability to escape consequences for actions that even many Republicans denounced. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON – Donald Trump's first impeachment trial centered on a phone call Americans never heard with the leader of a country very far away. Trump's second impeachment trial was a steroidal sequel centered on the rage, violence and anguish of one day in Washington. The Senate acquitted Trump on a 57-43 vote Saturday, well short of the 67 needed to convict him. To many Republicans in Congress, Democrats were merely impeaching Trump for being Trump.
Justice Dept. seeks resignations of Trump-era US attorneys
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department will ask U.S. attorneys who were appointed by former President Donald Trump to resign from their posts, as the Biden administration moves to transition to its own nominees, a senior Justice Department official said Monday. But the U.S. attorney overseeing the federal tax probe involving Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, will remain in place. The Justice Department has been investigating the finances of Hunter Biden, including scrutinizing some of his Chinese business dealings and other transactions. Hunter Biden confirmed the existence of the investigation in December after a round of subpoenas was issued in the case. CNN first reported that the Justice Department was seeking the resignations.