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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
     
    Biden calls for bipartisan action on pathway to citizenship
    By JOSH BOAK
    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called for bipartisan action on a pathway to citizenship for some migrants during a naturalization ceremony Friday at the White House in which he celebrated the contributions immigrants have made to the U.S.

    “We need an immigration system that both reflects our values and upholds our laws. We can do both,” Biden said.

    The president said there should be a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, for foreign-born people who have temporary protected status due to strife in their birth countries and for farm workers. Biden's comments, however, stopped short of the legislative proposal he's endorsed, which includes a much broader option for most immigrants to apply for legal status and then seek citizenship.

    In February, Biden and congressional Democrats proposed a major immigration overhaul that included an eight-year pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million people living in the United States illegally. Republican lawmakers blocked the effort and have criticized the administration for the rise in people attempting to cross the southern border without visas.

    The immigration debate involves fundamental issues of national security and economic growth. Republican lawmakers seeking to limit immigration say it will help keep the U.S. safe and protect jobs for native-born citizens. But economists — many associated with Democrats — say increased immigration would boost economic growth, currently weighed down by falling fertility rates.

    But on Friday, Biden emphasized the contributions immigrants have made to the U.S., noting his own family came from Ireland generations ago.

    “It’s dreams of immigrants like you that built America and continue to inject new energy, new vitality, new strength,” he said.

    Biden said the coronavirus pandemic — where immigrants helped save lives as frontline workers, scientists and researchers — and the recent Mars rover landing, which was driven by a team full of immigrants, proved his point.

    On Friday, the president also recognized Sandra Lindsay as an “Outstanding American by Choice,” a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services program that recognizes citizens who have been naturalized. Lindsay is believed to be the first American to be vaccinated against COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial. She works as director of nursing for critical care at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York.


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    Biden goes in for cherries on campaign-style Michigan trip
    By JOSH BOAK
    Today

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Joe Biden stayed mum on policy during a Saturday trip to Michigan, focusing instead on cherries — and cherry pie and cherry ice cream — and voters who were mask-free as coronavirus restrictions have eased. It had all the hallmarks of a campaign stop that he couldn’t make last year.

    Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer greeted Biden when he arrived midday in Traverse City, which is hosting the National Cherry Festival, an event that attracted Presidents Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford in the past.

    They skipped the festival, however, in favor of a cherry farm in nearby Antrim County, where Biden pitched his immigration plans when chatting with two couples from Guatemala who were picking fruit. He then greeted a long line of enthusiastic supporters stretched out behind a rope.

    His trip was billed as part of a broader campaign by the administration to drum up public support for his bipartisan infrastructure package and other polices geared toward families and education. But the president was out for direct contact with voters and refrained from delivering remarks about his policy proposals.

    Whitmer told reporters she spoke to Biden about infrastructure, although not about any projects for Michigan specifically.

    “I’m the fix-the-damn-roads governor, so I talk infrastructure with everybody, including the president," she said. In recent flooding, she said the state saw “under-invested infrastructure collide with climate change” and the freeways were under water.

    “So this is an important moment. And that’s why this infrastructure package is so important. That’s also why I got the president rocky road fudge from Mackinac Island for his trip here," she said.

    Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also said she spoke with the president about the infrastructure package as they toured the cherry farm, noting that her phone signal dropped to one bar and that the proposed broadband buildout was needed.

    Biden's host at King Orchards, Juliette King McAvoy, introduced him to the two Guatemalan couples, who she said had been working on the farm for 35 years. He told them he was proposing a pathway to citizenship for farmworkers. Biden then picked a cherry out of one of their baskets and ate it. He later bought pies at the farm's market, including three varieties of cherry.

    Before leaving Michigan, he stopped in at Moomers Homemade Ice Cream in Traverse City, where he bought Cherries Moobilie cones for Stabenow and Gary Peters, Michigan's other Democratic senator. But for himself it was vanilla with chocolate chips in a waffle cone.

    Told it was cherry country, Biden said, “Yeah, but I’m more of a chocolate chip guy.”

    First lady Jill Biden also was on the road Saturday, traveling to Maine and New Hampshire, while Vice President Kamala Harris was visiting a union training center in Las Vegas.

    The president has said the key to getting his $973 billion deal passed in Congress involves taking the case straight to voters. While Republicans and Democrats might squabble in Washington, Biden’s theory is that lawmakers of both parties want to deliver for their constituents.

    White House officials negotiated a compromise with a bipartisan group of senators led by Republican Rob Portman of Ohio and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

    The agreement, announced in June, features $109 billion on roads and highways, $15 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure and transit systems and $65 billion toward broadband, among other expenditures on airports, drinking water systems and resiliency efforts to tackle climate change.

    It would be funded by COVID-19 relief that was approved in 2020 but unspent, repurposed money for enhanced unemployment benefits and increased enforcement by the IRS on wealthier Americans who avoid taxes. The financing also depends on leasing 5G telecommunications spectrum, the strategic petroleum reserve and the potential economic growth produced by the investments.

    Biden intends to pass additional initiatives on education and families as well as tax increases on the wealthy and corporations through the budget reconciliation process. This would allow the passage of Biden’s priorities by a simple majority vote, avoiding the 60-vote hurdle in a Senate split evenly between Democrats and Republicans.


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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
     
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    JULY 6, 2021, 9:41 AM

    Biden seeks to lift limits on farmer deals with meat processors, tractor makers

    David Shepardson, Diane Bartz

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden wants to give U.S. farmers more power in negotiating the sale of livestock to big processors and in deciding who repairs their tractors, the White House said on Tuesday.

    U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House at a celebration of Independence Day in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

    The executive order, expected within days, will also address such competitive issues as delayed airline baggage, cellphone company practices and Pentagon contracts, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters.

    The order would encourage the Federal Trade Commission to limit the ability of farm equipment manufacturers to prevent tractor owners from using independent repair shops or repairing their own equipment.

    Reuters first reported the action on repairs earlier on Tuesday and the planned executive order last week.

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday the effort would help farmers “fight back against abuses of power by giant agribusiness corporations and give farmers the right to repair their own equipment how they like.”

    The FTC wrote a report for Congress in May that discussed “Right to Repair,” addressing the limits that manufacturers put on who can repair items ranging from mobile phones to home appliances to cars. Such limits may also raise the price of those repairs.

    The source said the scope of any “Right to Repair” rules would be set by the FTC.

    Biden’s order could encourage the FTC to lift further limits consumers face for repairing products they buy.

    Some tractor manufacturers like Deere & Co, AGCO Corp and CNHI use proprietary repair tools and software to prevent third parties from performing some repairs. Shares of the companies fell on news of Biden’s plans, first reported by Reuters on Tuesday.

    John Deere said in a statement it “does not support the right to modify embedded software due to risks associated with the safe operation of the equipment, emissions compliance and engine performance.”

    It added that “less than 2 percent of all repairs require a software update, so the majority of repairs farmers need to make, can be made easily.”

    The FTC did not immediately comment.

    The source said Biden and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) “believe farmers should have the right to repair their own equipment how they like.”

    Separately, Biden plans to direct the USDA to write rules to boost competition in agricultural industries, including one under the Packers and Stockyards Act making it easier for farmers to bring claims, the White House said. There will also be anti-retaliation protections for farmers who raise concerns about bad practices.

    Biden will also direct USDA to issue new rules defining when meat can bear “Product of USA” labels, Psaki said.

    Under current labeling rules, meat can be labeled “Product of USA” if it is processed in the United States, even if the livestock is raised overseas and then processed into cuts of meat at a U.S. facility.

    Meatpacking has come under increased scrutiny after slaughterhouses closed temporarily during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, boosting prices for meat sold by processors like JBS USA and Tyson Foods Inc while lowering prices for farmers’ livestock.

    USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has said he wants to make agricultural markets more fair and resilient after the pandemic highlighted how concentration in the sector can hurt farmers. Four companies slaughter about 85% of U.S. grain-fattened cattle that are made into steaks, beef roasts and other cuts of meat for consumers The USDA said in June it would start working on three rules to strengthen enforcement of the Packers & Stockyards Act, passed 100 years ago to protect farmers and ranchers from unfair trade practices.

    Reporting by David Shepardson and Diane Bartz; additional reporting by Tom Polansek and Rajesh Kumar Singh; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, David Gregorio and Howard Goller


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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212

    Biden’s bid to take on big business sets off battle over who holds power in U.S. economy

    The order outlines 72 initiatives to rein in the corporate powerhouses that control markets, which the White House links to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers

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    President Biden, pictured in January, is calling on federal regulators to adopt or enhance provisions to improve competition across several industries, including technology, health-care and agriculture. (Evan Vucci/AP)
    July 9, 2021|Updated today at 6:46 p.m. EDT

    President Biden signed an executive order Friday taking aim at industries where certain companies dominate the market, kicking off a major new battle between the administration and corporate titans that could reshape aspects of the U.S. economy.

    The executive order — which contains 72 initiatives — is striking in its scope and ambition, challenging the business practices of America’s enormous technology, health-care, agricultural and manufacturing firms while also aiming to shake up smaller sectors dominated by only a handful of companies, such as the hearing aid industry.

    “The heart of American capitalism is a simple idea: open and fair competition,” Biden said in remarks before signing the order, accompanied by several members of his Cabinet. “…Competition keeps the economy moving and keeps it growing. Fair competition is why capitalism has been the world’s greatest force for prosperity and growth.”

    The effort reflects a major change in Democratic policymaking circles, where a new generation of economists has produced research and advocacy arguing that corporate consolidation has harmed workers and consumers. It also tees up a major challenge for the administration, which is likely to face sharp resistance from businesses that may seek relief through courts that have shown skepticism about competition arguments in the past.

    Late last month, for instance, a federal court threw out antitrust cases brought against Facebook by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.

    What’s more, many big companies have only grown in power in the past 18 months, as size became a major asset in navigating the financial and economic turbulence of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The executive order identifies a wide range of sectors that it says are in need of reform.

    It encourages federal regulators to craft new rules on tech companies’ data collection and user surveillance practices, targeting the path that such giants as Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon took to dominance. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

    Biden wants to reduce broadband providers’ market control by restoring net neutrality rules that were dropped during the Trump administration and limiting their ability to cut exclusive deals with landlords.

    The order also tells the Food and Drug Administration to work toward allowing the importation of cheaper drugs from Canada and calls for new rules limiting “noncompete” agreements, which prevent employees from switching jobs.

    Other recommendations include compelling airlines to disclose “add-on fees” for seating and baggage and making it easier for consumers to get refunds on flights, as well as requiring banks to let customers take their financial transaction data when they switch to a competitor. The order also aims to allow hearing aids to be sold over the counter, which Biden said Friday would save consumers hundreds of dollars.

    Perhaps the most impactful part of the order relates to Silicon Valley. It recommends greater scrutiny of acquisitions by major tech companies, especially those of nascent rivals. That focus comes after the Federal Trade Commission brought an antitrust complaint against Facebook last year challenging its purchases of WhatsApp and Instagram. A federal judge last month dismissed that suit, but the FTC can refile it within 30 days.

    FTC Chair Lina Khan, who appeared beside Biden as he signed the order, and Richard A. Powers, the acting chief of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, said Friday that they would launch a joint review of merger guidelines, with the goal of making them more rigorous.

    “The current guidelines deserve a hard look to determine whether they are overly permissive,” they said in a joint statement.

    The order also calls on the FTC to set new rules to combat “unfair competition” in online marketplaces. Critics have raised concerns about the dual role that tech companies like Amazon and Apple play as marketplace operators and participants within them, competing with smaller retailers or app developers. Congressional investigators in a report last year called out Amazon’s relationship with third-party sellers, accusing the company of exploiting its access to their data and information.

    The Biden administration also wants to see new guidelines on surveillance and the accumulation of data in the wake of major privacy scandals involving data held by Facebook and other tech titans. The order also encourages the restoration of Obama-era net neutrality rules, which require Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally. And it calls on the Federal Communications Commission to revive plans to implement a “broadband nutrition label,” which would make clearer how much people are paying for Internet service.

    Khan, a prominent tech critic, took the helm of the FTC last month, which suggests some directives are likely to be issued. However, key vacancies in other top tech regulation roles may impede implementation of the order. Biden has yet to name someone to run the Justice Department’s antitrust division or install an FCC chair. The FCC currently is deadlocked, with two Democratic commissioners and two Republicans.

    The order does not itself put these policies into effect, and none will be enacted overnight. Instead, it directs federal agencies to begin work on their own rules, a process that probably would lead to a comment period, which experts say can take three or four months. The administration also is issuing only recommendations to independent agencies crucial to much of the antitrust push, such as the FTC, that are not subject to directives from the White House.

    The FTC probably can limit noncompetes only “on the margins,” diminishing its effectiveness, but Biden’s support bolsters bipartisan legislation on the matter currently moving through Congress, said John Lettieri, president of the Economic Innovation Group, a bipartisan public policy organization. “This is just a first step,” Lettieri said.

    An issue once confined to the liberal fringe, antitrust policy has entered the center of political life and played a major role in the 2020 Democratic presidential race amid increasing concerns about the political and economic clout of a handful of private actors.

    The White House’s executive order states that 75 percent of U.S. industries are more consolidated than they were 20 years ago. That, officials say, has helped triple prices for many household necessities, while making it harder for workers to bargain against competing employers for better wages and benefits.

    A growing body of evidence has pointed to corporate consolidation as a culprit in persistently stagnant wages and the decline of the American middle class. A 2018 study in the Harvard Law Review found that median compensation for workers would be as much as $10,000 higher if markets were less concentrated. A University of Chicago paper in 2016 found that the decline in workers’ share of corporate income is largely tied to increasing corporate consolidation.

    “This represents a massive change in how mainstream Democrats are thinking about the economy. It identifies concentrated corporate power — something both parties previously encouraged — as actually contributing to a broad range of harms for workers, innovation, prosperity and a resilient democracy overall,” said Sarah Miller, executive director of the American Economic Liberties Project, which supports antitrust efforts.

    “This is not a Warren or a Sanders administration, but they have fully embraced the need to take on concentrated corporate power across the economy.”

    Conservatives are likely to blast the measure as ineffective and excessive government intervention in private markets. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a Republican budget expert, said the executive order was “all over the place” — pointing to the wide discrepancy in impact between incremental measures, such as limiting excessive broadband fees, and massive changes, such as unwinding prior corporate mergers.

    “There’s a presumption of lack of competition but no evidence of it, and we’re going to do something on the presumption — which is not a great way to do business,” Holtz-Eakin said. “They provide no evidence this is going to change quality of competition.”

    The Biden administration brought in experts with ties to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party to help spearhead the order, including Bharat Ramamurti, deputy director of the White House National Economic Council; Tim Wu, an National Economic Council antitrust advocate; and Hannah Garden-Monheit, a senior policy adviser for the council.

    Ramamurti was a senior aide to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), while Wu is a longtime critic of Big Tech at Columbia University. Council Director Brian Deese also was closely involved in the process.

    Business groups are likely to oppose sweeping regulations that emerge from this order. But any new regulations will probably be ironed out within each implementing agency, giving the affected industries time to provide input.

    Neil Bradley, chief policy officer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, accused Biden of taking a “government-knows-best approach” with the order. He noted that large and small businesses are both needed for the economy to thrive, and he said the business lobby opposes “centralized government dictates” to plan the economy.

    “The Chamber always will applaud efforts to promote small business, and we will vigorously oppose calls for government-set prices, onerous and legally questionable rulemakings, efforts to treat innovative industries as public utilities, and the politicization of antitrust enforcement,” he said in a statement.

    Other liberal economic experts are skeptical about the extent to which antitrust and other pro-competition practices will genuinely boost worker power and wages. While acknowledging the importance of antitrust policy, some experts say there’s a need to reverse the decades-long decline in union density among workers — and Biden’s labor agenda, including the Pro Act, is largely stalled in Congress.

    “This will do some things — it all seems fine to me — but will it increase wage growth for the bottom fifth of workers? I doubt it,” said Matt Bruenig, founder of the People’s Policy Project, a left-leaning think tank. “The most important thing for workers’ wages is that they are able to coordinate what they’ll be — to do that you need better union laws — and the dynamics of competition within firms is a much less significant factor.”

    Parts of the plan won some bipartisan praise Friday. Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), a conservative, told KSN-TV that farmers had been hurt by the consolidation of meatpacking plants, adding, “I do think that this executive order is going to help Kansas farmers and ranchers.”

    Marshall Steinbaum, an economist at the University of Utah, said the executive order reflects growing skepticism of big business. While prominent left-leaning and union-affiliated Democrats have long made campaign talking points out of curbing the abuses of big business, elements within the Republican Party are now increasingly critical of business executives.

    “The White House is responding to the growing evidence of the overwhelming corporate control of every aspect of the economy,” Steinbaum said. “Since the 1970s, the bipartisan consensus has been that corporate power is not a big problem and monopolies will take care of themselves. … This really reflects an ideological transformation.”


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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
     
    For Biden, politics are often framed by the personal
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ALEXANDRA JAFFE
    Yesterday

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — When grieving with those who lost loved ones in a building collapse, President Joe Biden invoked the car crash that claimed members of his own family decades ago. When explaining his decision to pull troops from Afghanistan, he remembered his veteran son. When discussing the importance of education, he recalled the teachers who helped him overcome his childhood stutter.

    And when he met with Queen Elizabeth and then Vladimir Putin on a recent trip abroad, he couldn't resist bringing up his mother with both of them.

    The personal has always been the political for Biden. Far more than his recent predecessors, the president publicly draws on his own experiences when he makes connections with voters and considers his decisions. Many politicians make their background a central component of their political identity, but Biden is particularly prone to draw links between his own life story and the day-to-day workings of his presidency.

    And the strongest connection is often the saddest one.

    Few public figures speak as powerfully on grief as Biden, who lost his first wife and baby daughter in a car crash and later his adult son Beau to brain cancer. In the first months of his term, he has drawn on that empathy to console those who have lost loved ones, including the more than 600,000 who have died in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    And it was on vivid display recently when he spent more than three hours in private with people mourning the loss of loved ones in the building collapse in Surfside, Florida, going from family to family to hear the stories of those still missing in the debris. Biden spoke of wanting to switch places with a lost or missing loved one and lamented that “the waiting, the waiting, is unbearable.”

    “The people you may have lost — they’re going to be with you your whole life,” he told the families. “A part of your soul, a part of who you are.”

    Biden carries with him an index card that lists the total number of Americans who have died from COVID-19 and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been known to quietly send notes to people, including lawmakers and journalists, affected by cancer, referring to his own family’s struggles with the affliction.

    “Cynical people say, ‘OK, this is a calculator, these are crocodile tears, this is something he turns on and off for the cameras.’ ... That is total balderdash,” said Dick Harpootlian, a Democratic South Carolina state lawmaker who’s known and advised Biden for 40 years.

    Harpootlian said that when his own mother died, Biden called with condolences. The lawmaker added: “Empathy is sort of the wrong word. I mean, it’s not strong enough. It was just, he felt my loss.

    “I could tell it’s sincere, genuine caring for people that are hurt or have lost loved ones,” he continued.

    Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015, looms large in the president’s life.

    He said that his dying son made him promise to keep going and, the day before he was sworn in as president, he tearfully told a crowd in Delaware that his “only regret" was that Beau couldn't be there. Biden marked his first Memorial Day weekend as commander in chief by honoring the nation’s sacrifices in a deeply personal manner as he paid tribute to those lost while remembering his son.

    “I know how much the loss hurts,” said Biden.

    Though a tent was overhead, the cold wind whipped the rain onto guests as they watched a lone military trumpeter play taps at a memorial to Delaware’s fallen troops. Biden appeared to pay the chill no mind, remaining for the entirety of the 75-minute ceremony and mouthing the words to the closing rendition of “God Bless America.”

    “For Joe Biden, this isn’t something that he does — this is who he is,” said Anita Dunn, senior White House adviser. “He makes sure that everyone who wants to talk to him got to talk to him, and not just a greeting but a conversation. He knows how important those conversations are because of the tragedy in his own life.”

    Biden draws on more than just grief.

    This past week, at an event in Illinois to promote the family portion of his massive infrastructure bill, he extolled its benefits for child care and in particular for single parents. He evoked his own challenges as a single father in the aftermath of the car accident that killed his first wife and daughter and injured his two young sons.

    “If I hadn’t had the family I have, my younger sister, my best friend, and my brother, and my mom help out, I couldn’t have done it,” the president said. “But not everybody has that kind of support.”

    West Wing staffers and journalists alike know that nearly every event has a chance to be enhanced — or sidetracked — by a stroll down memory lane. In Brussels, during his first overseas trip, Biden took a detour about his father changing jobs and neglected to deliver news of an Airbus-Boeing trade deal as planned.

    At a recent education event in Washington, Biden evoked both his second wife, first lady Jill Biden, a teacher, and the educators who helped him manage a childhood stutter.

    “They took a stuttering kid who couldn’t speak very well in school, was scared to death to be called on to read out loud,” Biden recalled.

    “And they nurtured me: ‘Joey — you’re a very smart boy, Joey. Just take your time. Don’t let that get in your way, Joey,’” he told the gathering of teachers. “I’m serious. I think what you all underestimate, beyond the teaching of reading and writing, adding and subtracting: You give so many kids confidence.”

    Many presidents draw from their own lives to guide their politics: George W. Bush fashioned a persona as a down-home Texas ranch owner; Bill Clinton frequently invoked his family’s poverty; even Donald Trump told stories of a friend named Jim who no longer felt safe going to Paris as a means to explain his own hard-line immigration policies.

    But folksy remembrances often give Biden a more relatable identity than those of many of his predecessors, including Trump, who lived in a Manhattan skyscraper that bore his name in gold-plated letters, and Barack Obama, whose cool intellect and constitutional law background at times appeared to leave him detached.

    There are potential downsides to Biden’s approach, as he risks suggesting to people that he can’t identify with people whose life experiences are different than his own. But many observers believe that those connections to his own life — which mirror how many voters relate to issues, through the prisms of their own family and experiences — can be both genuine and politically effective.

    “Starting with the ‘Joe from Scranton’ moniker, to the horrific car crash, to the glory and tragedy of Beau to the foibles of Hunter, the President dons a soft tone and frames most of his worldview from his reminiscence,” said Tobe Berkovitz, political ad consultant and professor at Boston University’s College of Communication. “No president has ever worn his heart on his sleeve like Joe Biden.”

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    Jaffe reported from Washington.


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    Biden's 1st visit to intel agency to contrast with Trump's By NOMAAN MERCHANT Today WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is making his first visit to an agency of the U.S. intelligence community, looking to emphasize his confidence in national security leaders after his predecessor's incendiary battles against what he often derided as the “deep state.”  Biden is scheduled Tuesday afternoon to visit the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the 17 U.S. intelligence organizations. The White House said in a statement that Biden intends to express “admiration for their work and underscore the importance for our national security of intelligence collection and analysis free from political interference.”  President Donald Trump visited the Central Intelligence Agency on his first full day in office, praising the agencies but also airing personal grievances. Standing in front of CIA’s memorial wall with stars marking each of the officers who have died while serving, Trump settled scores with the media and repeated false claims about the size of his inauguration crowd.  The relationship between the intelligence community and the president "went downhill from that very day,” said Glenn Gerstell, who then served as general counsel of the National Security Agency and stepped down last year.  Trump would go through four permanent or acting directors of national intelligence in four years and engaged in near-constant fights with the intelligence community.  In particular, he was angry about its assessment that Russia had interfered on his behalf in the 2016 presidential campaign and its role in revealing that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden, an action that ultimately led to Trump's first impeachment. Trump eventually fired the inspector general at the national intelligence office — the internal watchdog who brought that pressure to light.  By contrast, Biden has repeatedly insisted that he would not exert political pressure on intelligence agencies, a message repeated by his top appointees. He also came to office with a long history of working with intelligence officials as vice president and serving in the Senate.  The president has already called on National Intelligence Director Avril Haines with several politically sensitive requests. Perhaps the most prominent is an enhanced review of the origins of COVID-19 as concerns increase among scientists that the novel coronavirus could have originated in a Chinese lab. Biden set a 90-day timeframe and pledged to make the results of the review public.  Haines and CIA Director Bill Burns are also investigating a growing number of reported injuries and illnesses possibly linked to directed energy attacks in what's known as “Havana syndrome.” The CIA recently appointed a new director of its task force investigating Havana syndrome cases, an undercover official who participated in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. And intelligence agencies are having to adapt to the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, with growing concerns that the Taliban may topple the U.S.-backed central government.

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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 23,276
    mickeyrat said:

    What a great troll. 
  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
    mrussel1 said:
    mickeyrat said:

    What a great troll. 

    don't trust it til I see him sign it.

    in theory with 11 members from each  party breaks the filibuster, still think somebody tries to fuck it up.
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    Which one is the real Joe and which one is Disney Land Joe?

    Joe Biden39s Press Conference Cheat Sheet Divides Opinion

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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,201
    Which one is the real Joe and which one is Disney Land Joe?

    Joe Biden39s Press Conference Cheat Sheet Divides Opinion

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    sorry he is not orange enough for you.
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon HeadstoniaPosts: 28,583
    Which one is the real Joe and which one is Disney Land Joe?

    Joe Biden39s Press Conference Cheat Sheet Divides Opinion

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    you're better off with either one of them over the Great Pumpkin. 
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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,201
    Which one is the real Joe and which one is Disney Land Joe?

    Joe Biden39s Press Conference Cheat Sheet Divides Opinion

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    you're better off with either one of them over the Great Pumpkin. 
    Combover Caligula
    There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.- Hemingway

    "Well, you tell him that I don't talk to suckas."
  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
    Which one is the real Joe and which one is Disney Land Joe?

    Joe Biden39s Press Conference Cheat Sheet Divides Opinion

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    you're better off with either one of them over the Great Pumpkin. 
    Combover Caligula

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  • JB16057JB16057 Posts: 443
    And it always comes back to Trump.... TDS is the real deal.
  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,201
    JB16057 said:
    And it always comes back to Trump.... TDS is the real deal.
    no, trump derangement syndrome is not what this is. trump is awful and we are just pointing it out when certain people feel the need to cheep shot biden.
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  • JB16057JB16057 Posts: 443
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    JB16057 said:
    And it always comes back to Trump.... TDS is the real deal.
    no, trump derangement syndrome is not what this is. trump is awful and we are just pointing it out when certain people feel the need to cheep shot biden.

    4. Please respect topic integrity by not derailing discussions from the original poster’s intent (OP). You can begin a new topic of your own in the appropriate forum.


    Trump has his own thread yet you feel it necessary to break the forum guidelines? =TDS


  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,201
    JB16057 said:
    JB16057 said:
    And it always comes back to Trump.... TDS is the real deal.
    no, trump derangement syndrome is not what this is. trump is awful and we are just pointing it out when certain people feel the need to cheep shot biden.

    4. Please respect topic integrity by not derailing discussions from the original poster’s intent (OP). You can begin a new topic of your own in the appropriate forum.


    Trump has his own thread yet you feel it necessary to break the forum guidelines? =TDS


    considering people were posting trump quotes and talking about him on page 1 of this very thread, but you do you and quote the posting guidelines at me. 

    maybe try to not get another thread locked this time, ok champ?
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  • JB16057JB16057 Posts: 443
    JB16057 said:
    JB16057 said:
    And it always comes back to Trump.... TDS is the real deal.
    no, trump derangement syndrome is not what this is. trump is awful and we are just pointing it out when certain people feel the need to cheep shot biden.

    4. Please respect topic integrity by not derailing discussions from the original poster’s intent (OP). You can begin a new topic of your own in the appropriate forum.


    Trump has his own thread yet you feel it necessary to break the forum guidelines? =TDS


    considering people were posting trump quotes and talking about him on page 1 of this very thread, but you do you and quote the posting guidelines at me. 

    maybe try to not get another thread locked this time, ok champ?
    Same back at you bub!

  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,201
    anyway, biden is telling gop governors to get out of the way on covid. and florida gov is telling him to address the border. talk about deflection.
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  • JB16057JB16057 Posts: 443
    anyway, biden is telling gop governors to get out of the way on covid. and florida gov is telling him to address the border. talk about deflection.

    Biden is increasing the COVID infection rates by allowing a massive amount of sick immigrants into this country. The Canada border is still closed but the Mexico border is still wide open for anyone to come in.

    Both sides have their issues.
  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,201
    recent poll numbers on biden. looking pretty decent so far.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/biden_favorableunfavorable-6677.html

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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,167
    edited August 4
    JB16057 said:
    anyway, biden is telling gop governors to get out of the way on covid. and florida gov is telling him to address the border. talk about deflection.

    Biden is increasing the COVID infection rates by allowing a massive amount of sick immigrants into this country. The Canada border is still closed but the Mexico border is still wide open for anyone to come in.

    Both sides have their issues.
    Funny, I don't recall your criticism during the POOTWH Administration. But lets build a wall that Mexico will pay for and separate children migrants from their/there/they're parents.

    CBP Enforcement Numbers

    In June 2021, CBP encountered 188,829 persons attempting entry along the Southwest Border. This total represented a five percent increase over May 2021. The large number of expulsions during the pandemic has contributed to a larger-than-usual number of migrants making multiple border crossing attempts, which means that total encounters somewhat overstate the number of unique individuals arriving at the border.  Thirty-four percent of encounters in June 2021 were individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 14 percent for Fiscal Years 2014-2019. The number of unique new encounters in June 2021 was 123,838.  The number of unique individuals encountered to date during the fiscal year is 454,944 compared to 489,760 during the same time period in 2019.

    Single adults continue to make up the majority of these encounters; however, the number of single adults declined three percent from May to June.  Last month, CBP expelled 104,907 individuals under Title 42.  CBP continues to expel single adults and family units that are encountered pursuant to CDC guidance under Title 42 authority.  The majority of all June encounters resulted in a Title 42 expulsion.

    Encounters along the Southwest Border of unaccompanied children increased this month by 8 percent, with 15,253 encounters in June 2021 compared with 14,137 in May 2021.  Encounters of family unit individuals increased by 25 percent to 55,805 in June 2021, up from 44,746 in May but still well below the peak of 88,587 in May 2019. In 2021, family unit encounters have consistently tracked below 2019 encounters for each month of the year.

    CBP enforcement numbers for June 2021 can be found here

    Seems almost humane:

    Migrant Protection Protocols Expanded Criteria

    On June 1, 2021, Secretary Mayorkas formally terminated the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, which returned certain noncitizens to Mexico pending removal proceedings before an immigration judge under Section 240 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act.

    This termination does not impact the Department’s ongoing processing of eligible MPP enrollees into the United States.  As part of a continued effort to restore safe and orderly processing of individuals seeking to enter the United States, the Department of Homeland Security announced on June 23 that it would expand the pool of MPP-enrolled individuals that may be processed into the United States, to include MPP enrollees who had their cases terminated or were ordered removed in absentia.

    Through June 30, 2021, DHS processed more than 12,000 individuals who had been returned to Mexico under MPP.

    Unaccompanied Children in Custody

    The number of children in CBP custody fell from 5,767 at its peak on March 29 to 832 on June 30, 2021.  The average daily number of children in CBP custody for June 2021 was 794.  The average time in custody for unaccompanied children fell from 133 hours on March 29 to 28 hours on June 30, 2021.

    This sustained progress is a result of the steps DHS took to reengineer processes and mobilize personnel Department-wide, including designating FEMA to lead a whole of government effort to assist the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  This support has included establishing temporary facilities that provide safe, sanitary, and secure environments for unaccompanied children as well as continued support from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers to efficiently and effectively verify claimed sponsors to support the reunification process.

    Life-saving Rescues

    Smuggling organizations are abandoning migrants in remote and dangerous areas, leading to a dramatic rise in the number of rescues CBP performs. In Fiscal Year 2021 thru June, CBP conducted 9,500 rescues nationwide, which is 81 percent higher than the total number of rescues in all of Fiscal Year 2020.

    Through the Missing Migrant Program (MMP), CBP seeks to prevent deaths, increase rescues of missing migrants, and assist with the identification of decedents. CBP continues to expand its technological capabilities, including deploying rescue beacons that are equipped with lights and signage that are visible to lost and distressed subjects from a distance.  By the end of June 2021, CBP had deployed 120 rescue beacons.

    In addition, CBP continues to deploy rescue placards that are designed to inform migrants to call 911 and are uniquely numbered giving rescue personnel coordinates to their location.  By the end of June 2021, CBP had 2,165 rescue placards in remote areas throughout the Southwest Border.

    Operation Sentinel

    In April 2021, CBP launched Operation Sentinel, a new counter-network targeting operation focused directly on transnational criminal organizations (TCO) affiliated with smuggling migrants into the United States.

    To date, Operation Sentinel partners in the State Department have revoked more than 150 visas associated with TCO members and their associates, preventing these individuals from traveling to the United States and from using their U.S. visas as entry documents in foreign countries.  Operation Sentinel has also identified multiple entities for U.S. government-wide suspension and/or debarment, which would preclude TCO members, their affiliates and their associated businesses from Federal programs.  The operation has also worked with foreign partners to freeze overseas accounts, curbing TCOs’ ability to send and receive the financial proceeds of their illicit activities.

    Guatemala Advisory Assistance

    In partnership with the Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, CBP is supporting the United States’ initiative to address the root causes of irregular migration from Central America.  In coordination with the Vice President of the United States’ visit to Guatemala, CBP personnel deployed to Guatemala in early June to provide advisory and capacity-building expertise to the Government of Guatemala in order to improve border security efforts, target human smuggling groups, and enhance trade and customs modernization.

    CBP Announces June 2021 Operational Update | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    Southwest Land Border Encounters | U.S. Customs and Border Protection (cbp.gov)

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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,167
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    And let's not let history get in the way of a good distraction narrative:

    Both the Obama and Trump administrations attempted without success to deter people from seeking protection, from the former’s expansion of family detention through the latter’s family separation policy. But these policies have not had any meaningful long-term effect despite the tremendous hardship they have created for many families and children. For example, the number of families and children encountered at the southern border peaked in FY 2019, despite the family separation policy the previous year, when the Border Patrol apprehended a total of 549,702 parents and children at the border seeking protection.

    Rising Border Encounters in 2021: An Overview and Analysis | American Immigration Council
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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
    border is wide open you say?



    whats true is our borders are long. Iys impossible to "close" them. the establisjed crossings though are closed to all but essential travel.

    has crossing at other than established ports of entry wver really been an issue with canada?

    no, only on the southern border where most of those folks are turning themselves in as is the usual nethod in requesting asylum.


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  • JB16057JB16057 Posts: 443
    edited August 4
    JB16057 said:
    anyway, biden is telling gop governors to get out of the way on covid. and florida gov is telling him to address the border. talk about deflection.

    Biden is increasing the COVID infection rates by allowing a massive amount of sick immigrants into this country. The Canada border is still closed but the Mexico border is still wide open for anyone to come in.

    Both sides have their issues.
    Funny, I don't recall your criticism during the POOTWH Administration. But lets build a wall that Mexico will pay for and separate children migrants from their/there/they're parents.


    There was no global pandemic during the POOTWH's Administration. This administration is allowing sick people in left and right without vaccination. They know they are sick and still allowing insane amounts in every single day.

    Separating children from their parents at the border is cruel but so is allowing sick people into this country with no plan on trying to contain COVID with these migrants.

    Edit: After getting pointed out to me, I was wrong to say that there was no global pandemic during the POOTWH's Administration. I was wrong and it was a stupid mistake to make. I've kept the comment how it was as I don't want people to think I am trying to hide my foolish mistake.
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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
    JB16057 said:
    JB16057 said:
    anyway, biden is telling gop governors to get out of the way on covid. and florida gov is telling him to address the border. talk about deflection.

    Biden is increasing the COVID infection rates by allowing a massive amount of sick immigrants into this country. The Canada border is still closed but the Mexico border is still wide open for anyone to come in.

    Both sides have their issues.
    Funny, I don't recall your criticism during the POOTWH Administration. But lets build a wall that Mexico will pay for and separate children migrants from their/there/they're parents.


    There was no global pandemic during the POOTWH's Administration. This administration is allowing sick people in left and right without vaccination. They know they are sick and still allowing insane amounts in every single day.

    Separating children from their parents at the border is cruel but so is allowing sick people into this country with no plan on trying to contain COVID with these migrants.

    By Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/biden-vaccines-migrants-border/2021/08/03/afaff516-f471-11eb-83e7-06a8a299c310_story.html


    Biden administration preparing to offer vaccines to migrants along Mexico border
    By Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti
    August 03 at 7:26 PM ET
    The Biden administration is preparing to begin offering coronavirus vaccine to migrants in U.S. custody along the Mexico border, where illegal crossings are at their highest levels in over two decades and health officials are struggling with soaring numbers of infections, according to two Department of Homeland Security officials with knowledge of the plan.
    Until now, only a limited number of migrants have received vaccine while held in longer-term U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities. Under the broad outlines of the new plan, DHS would vaccinate migrants soon after they cross into the United States as they await processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
    Vaccine would be provided to those facing deportation as well as migrants likely to be released into the United States pending a court hearing, said one of the two officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the tentative plan. Migrants who are quickly sent back to Mexico under the Title 42 public health law would not be offered a dose, at least during the initial phase, the person said.
    The Biden administration plans to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, whose single-dose regimen is better suited to a transient population that may not be able to coordinate a second shot, the DHS officials said.
    In a statement, DHS spokesperson Meira Bernstein said the department will “continue to monitor and reassess” its pandemic protocols, but she insisted that no decisions have been made. “At this time, our protocols have not changed,” she said.
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