Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House

President BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns ‘current improvement could reverse’ MORE has brought back bipartisan meetings at the White House that diminished under his predecessor, trying to find common ground with Republicans even as they remain far apart on issues related to the next round of coronavirus relief.  Biden’s first meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office was with Republican senators on the coronavirus proposal and he has since met with bipartisan members of Congress on infrastructure and, later, supply chain issues. Biden’s outreach to Republicans has also extended beyond Capitol Hill to governors

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DNC releases video hitting Republicans on vote against coronavirus relief bill

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) War Room on Saturday released a new video hitting House Republicans for voting against a sweeping $1.9 trillion package that aims to provide financial relief for Americans amid the pandemic.  The video, which the DNC posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon, includes news coverage of House Democrats passing the stimulus package in a 219-212 vote early in the early morning.  Two Democrats — Reps. Jared Golden (Maine) and Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package Democrats scramble to rescue minimum wage hike MORE (Ore.) — joined all Republicans in voting against the bill.  ADVERTISEMENT The DNC’s video outlines

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Artist behind golden Trump statue at CPAC says he made it in Mexico

The artist behind the golden statue of former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are ‘plenty’ of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend said that it was made in Mexico.  Artist Tommy Zegan, who lives in Mexico as an American expat on a permanent resident visa, told Politico Playbook on Saturday that he spent more than six months creating the 200-pound statue.  Zegan, with the help of three men in his home city of Rosarito, constructed the statue out of fiberglass and painted it in chrome before transporting it to CPAC this weekend

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Progressives fume over Senate setbacks

Progressives are fuming over a setback on the minimum wage, worried that it signals looming problems for getting other key priorities through Congress. Though Democrats control both the House and Senate for the first time since 2010, Thursday’s decision by the parliamentarian to exclude a wage increase from the $1.9 trillion relief bill is reviving tensions about limited powers to pass some of the biggest Democratic campaign promises. Progressives are warning that without making significant rules changes, they’re going to face a “Groundhog Day” of watching bills they championed — and their voters supported — pass the House but die in the 50-50 Senate, where Democrats control the majority. ADVERTISEMENT “It’s not just about minimum wage,” Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHouse Democrats pass sweeping

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison

During a recent interview to promote his new NBC sitcom “Young Rock,” actor Dwayne Johnson once again hinted at a potential run for president of the United States. “I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted,” he said. “Truly, I mean that — and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people. … I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.”          At least twice before — once on Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show and once in an interview with Vanity Fair — Johnson spoke of “seriously considering” the idea, saying he “wouldn’t rule

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House Democrats pass sweeping $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike

House Democrats passed their sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package in a party-line vote early Saturday morning, advancing President BidenJoe BidenBiden ‘disappointed’ in Senate parliamentarian ruling but ‘respects’ decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen’s dropped charges ‘liberal privilege’ MORE’s top legislative priority. Lawmakers passed the bill 219-212, with two Democrats — Reps. Jared Golden (Maine) and Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderHouse Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Democrats face unity test on Biden’s .9T bill Senate Democrats likely to face key test of unity on 2022 budget MORE (Ore.) — joining all Republicans in voting against it. Democrats could only afford up to four defections with

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Biden vows to hold Saudi Arabia accountable after Khashoggi report released

President BidenJoe BidenBiden ‘disappointed’ in Senate parliamentarian ruling but ‘respects’ decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen’s dropped charges ‘liberal privilege’ MORE said Friday that he will hold Saudi Arabia accountable after the government released a report revealing that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In an interview with Univision, Biden detailed a conversation he had Thursday with Saudi King Salman in which he emphasized the U.S. would push Riyadh to honor human rights amid lingering criticism over the killing of Khashoggi, a columnist from The Washington Post who lived in Virginia and was critical of the Saudi royal family. “I spoke yesterday with

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Conservative reporter confronts CNN’s Jim Acosta at CPAC

Former CNN White House correspondent Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Supreme Court’s blow to Trump CNN changes morning, afternoon lineups ‘Convict Trump’ banner flies over Mar-a-Lago during Senate impeachment trial MORE got entangled in a confrontation with a reporter for The Federalist at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday over his network’s coverage of New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoFracking banned in Delaware River Basin Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Boston’s Fenway Park, TD Garden reopening with limited capacity MORE. Acosta was in the middle of an interview at CPAC when David Marcus, the New York correspondent for the Federalist, interrupted, asking repeatedly why CNN wasn’t reporting on the sexual

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Why Congress must invoke the 14th Amendment now

After the Senate acquitted him, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are ‘plenty’ of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE and his political adherents pose a more serious threat to democracy than ever. Trump has lost no time in declaring victory, raising money, wielding influence, and consolidating power. He is already looming large over the midterm election and will soon start vetting 2022 candidates. In recent days at Mar a Lago, he hosted high-priced fundraisers, met with his former campaign manager, and with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. He is speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and his senior adviser (and daughter-in-law) Laura Trump now says he’s thinking of recapturing the White

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