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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a revised federal law does not allow prison inmates to seek a reduction in their sentences for possessing small amounts of crack cocaine. During the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, Congress passed a law providing that someone arrested for possessing a small amount of crack cocaine would receive the same sentence as someone who possessed 100 times that amount of powder cocaine. The First Step Act, passed in 2018, was intended to apply the reduction to people in prison, allowing them to seek reduced sentences too. The question for the court was whether the new law applied only to people convicted of possessing larger amounts of crack cocaine or to those arrested with only a small amount as well. The Supreme Court's ruling means that hundreds of inmates who, like Terry, were convicted of possessing only small amounts of crack cocaine cannot seek to have their sentences reduced.
Persons: Trump, Tarahrick Terry, Terry Locations: Florida
“NATO is critically important for U.S. interests in and of itself,” Biden said from NATO’s headquarters in Brussels while speaking with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “Russia is not acting in a way that is consistent as we hoped, as well as China,” Biden said during his brief meeting with Stoltenberg. The new framework will be adopted at the 2022 NATO summit. At the end of the day, Biden is expected to hold a press conference from NATO headquarters. On Tuesday, Biden will participate in a summit with the European Union and then will travel to Geneva, Switzerland.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, ” Biden, Jens Stoltenberg, Biden, Stoltenberg, , Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Vladimir Putin Organizations: WASHINGTON, NATO, European Union, Wednesday Locations: Brussels, Europe, United States, Russia, China, “ Russia, People’s Republic of China, U.S, Afghanistan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Geneva, Switzerland, Ukraine
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland is coming under increasingly intense criticism from progressives who say he is protecting former President Donald Trump. But it's not Trump who stands to be the primary beneficiary of Garland's shield; it's President Joe Biden. They noted that Jackson had slammed the Trump-era Justice Department for misleading the court about the contents of the memo. Similarly, Garland's Justice Department is trying to protect former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from having to testify in a student loan case. And on Friday, Garland announced DOJ would double the number of staff dedicated to protecting voting rights within the department's Civil Division.
Persons: General Merrick Garland, Donald Trump, it's, Joe Biden, Jean Carroll, Trump, Garland, Biden, It’s, Don McGahn's, Claire O, Finkelstein, Richard Painter, George W, Bush's, William Barr's, Jackson, President Trump, Betsy DeVos, Adam Schiff, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Schiff, , Kim Wehle, Wehle Organizations: Trump, Justice Department, Department of Justice, Biden, DOJ, Trump White House, University of Pennsylvania, Democratic, Trump -, Department, Garland's, Senate, Trump's Justice Department, House Intelligence, Apple, Intelligence, Affordable, department's Civil, University of Baltimore Locations: WASHINGTON, Russia, Slate
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and other world leaders will meet Saturday for the second day of the Group of Seven summit in the U.K. with a focus on countering China's increasing global influence, according to senior White House officials. The G-7 nations are expected to announce new global infrastructure initiatives for low- and-middle income countries, which the officials said would be called "Build Back Better for the World." Biden will also encourage G-7 partners to take a clear stance on forced labor and human rights, according to the officials. Experts say that the program has functioned as a way for China to exert economic influence and power around the world. Biden will then head to Brussels for the NATO summit Monday before he meets Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, Biden, Initiative, U.S, NATO Locations: China, Asia, Europe, East, Africa, Xinjiang, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Brussels, Geneva
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice's internal watchdog will investigate the Trump-era seizure of communication records from some Democratic lawmakers and journalists, the agency announced Friday. For instance, the committee specifically asked what metadata was included in the subpoenas and the Justice Department has not provided answers, the official said. At the time the records were sought, the House Intelligence Committee was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. The newspaper reported that the records were sought as part of an investigation into leaks of classified information. Schumer and Durbin said in a statement that Congress and the Justice Department’s inspector general must investigate these actions by the Trump administration.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, William Barr, Jeff Sessions, Adam Schiff, , Donald Trump's, , Eric Swalwell, Trump, Mary McCord, Schumer, Durbin, Alex Wong, Barr Organizations: The, Trump, Democratic, Apple, Democratic House, The New York Times, House Intelligence, Department of Justice, Intelligence, panel's, Justice Department, Department, New York Times, Justice, NBC News, CNN, Washington Post, DOJ, DOJ's National Security Division, Capitol, Sessions, Committee Locations: Georgetown
WASHINGTON — When the Teamsters were hit by a ransomware attack over Labor Day weekend in 2019, the hackers asked for a seven-figure payment. Teamsters officials alerted the FBI and asked for help in identifying the source of the attack. Bob Riha Jr / Reuters fileThe FBI advised the Teamsters to "just pay it," the first source said. Now, most ransomware gangs keep blogs and threaten to leak victims' files if they don't pay. Liska said that it used to be easier to keep ransomware attacks out of the public eye.
Persons: WASHINGTON, cyberattack, James P, Hoffa, Bob Riha Jr, we’re, Allan Liska, Liska Organizations: Teamsters, Labor, NBC, NBC News, FBI, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, D.C, Union, U.S Locations: Long Beach, Los Angeles, Calif, Washington
The Food and Drug Administration has told Johnson & Johnson to discard about 60 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine that were produced at a troubled plant in Baltimore, according to two people familiar with the matter. But the FDA plans to allow Johnson & Johnson to distribute 10 million doses that were manufactured at the same facility, according to the two people familiar with the decision. The FDA’s decision to tell Johnson & Johnson to dump the vaccines was first reported by the New York Times. Following the inspection, the agency required Johnson & Johnson to take full control of the facility. Friday’s action followed a move earlier in the week by the FDA to extend the shelf life of Johnson & Johnson doses from three months to four and a half months.
Persons: Johnson, Dr, Peter Marks, ” Kathy Wengel, Organizations: Drug Administration, FDA, Johnson, FDA’s, Biologics, Research, New York Times, AstraZeneca, NBC News Locations: Baltimore, United States
Gregg Abbott said Thursday that his state would build a wall along the border with Mexico and blamed President Joe Biden’s policies for a humanitarian crisis at the southern border. The Republican governor announced the plan to build the barrier at a border security summit he hosted in Del Rio, a city along Texas’ southwestern border, and said he would release more details next week. As soon as Biden took office in January, he signed an order that paused all construction on the southern border and launched a 60-day review of Trump’s project. At the end of April, the Biden administration announced that it would cancel all border wall construction that was subsidized with redirected military funds. Abbott’s announcement comes days after Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico to address the root causes of migration into the U.S. across the southern border.
Persons: Gregg Abbott, Joe Biden’s, Abbott, Trump, ” Abbott, , Biden, Kamala Harris, Lester Holt, Harris, There's, won’t Organizations: WASHINGTON —, WASHINGTON — Texas Gov, Republican, Texans, NBC Nightly, U.S Locations: WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON — Texas, Mexico, Del Rio, Texas, “ Texas, Guatemala, U.S
The White House added that "a global corporate minimum tax is a key part of our efforts to deliver a foreign policy for the middle class, and will help support working families everywhere." The agreement would also pave the way to remove digital services taxes and other discriminatory taxes, the White House said. The group will also discuss climate change, ransomware and ways to counter China, the White House said. Biden said the world leaders would announce "the full scope of our commitment" to address the pandemic Friday. The G-7 meeting, the first in-person meeting among the countries in nearly two years because of the pandemic, will conclude Sunday.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Boris Johnson, Vladimir Putin Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, White, International Monetary, NATO Locations: Cornwall, England, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, China, U.S, Brussels, Geneva
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the U.S. will purchase and donate half a billion doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine to countries struggling with supply. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, so the U.S. donation will be able to fully vaccinate 250 million people. So far, about 81 million vaccine doses have been shipped to over 129 participants. Biden, who was joined Thursday by Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, said that the 500 million vaccines would be produced at facilities in the U.S. The U.S.'s donation of 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses is in addition to the Biden administration’s previous commitment to share 80 million shots from the U.S.’s supply with other countries by the end of June.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, we’ve, Albert Bourla, Boris Johnson Organizations: WASHINGTON, World Health Organization, African Union, Pfizer, U.S, White, British Locations: U.S, Cornwall, England, China, Russia, COVAX, Germany, France
WASHINGTON — A dozen House Democrats publicly criticized their colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., late Wednesday, accusing her of giving "cover" to terrorist and suggesting her remarks about Hamas and the Taliban reflect a "deep-seated prejudice." “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” the group, led by Rep. Brad Schneider, of Illinois, said in a statement, urging Omar to "clarify" her remarks. Omar responded to her critics by calling their statement "offensive" and defending her initial remarks. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” she wrote on Twitter, echoing her remarks on the video. In a follow-up tweet, Omar defend her initial remarks: “Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the [The International Criminal Court] isn’t comparison or from 'deeply seated prejudice'.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Ilhan Omar, Brad Schneider, Omar, , Antony Blinken, Jake Auchincloss, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Josh Gottheimer, Elaine Luria, Kathy Manning, Jerry Nadler, Dean Phillips, Kim Schrier, Brad Sherman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz Organizations: House, Rep, Twitter, Hamas, Taliban Locations: United States, Israel, Illinois, U.S, Afghanistan, US, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Minnesota, Washington, California
As part of the agreement, Biden and Johnson will also work to reopen travel between the U.S. and U.K. as soon as possible. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed the updated Atlantic Charter agreement aboard Air Force One while en route to the U.K. Wednesday for Biden's first trip abroad as president. “There'll be a refresher of the Atlantic Charter, which is now 80 years old,” Sullivan told reporters. And while the Atlantic Charter represents the latest chapter in the "special relationship" between Washington and London, the British government said this week that Johnson doesn't like that term. An aide told The Atlantic in a profile about Johnson that the prime minister thought the phrase appeared needy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Biden, Johnson, Jake Sullivan, Biden's, , ” Sullivan, Franklin D, Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, ” Biden, Brexit, , Irish Republic —, Sullivan Organizations: WASHINGTON, British, Charter, Downing, U.S, Air Force, Atlantic Charter, UN, NATO, European Union, Irish Republic Locations: United Kingdom, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England, Northern Ireland, United States, Washington, London
President Joe Biden arrived Wednesday in Britain for a series of meetings with world leaders intent on stressing the message of his first foreign trip as president: "The United States is back." The pandemic response and cybersecurity will be topics at the G-7 summit, Biden said. After the G-7 and NATO summits, Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, their first in-person meeting since Biden took office. Biden also underscored what he sees as a need to showcase the ability of democratic institutions to deliver results, particularly as autocracies rise. "We have to expose as false the narrative that the decrees of dictators can match the speed and scale" of 21st century challenges, Biden said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, They're, Donald Trump's, Vladimir Putin, Jake Sullivan Organizations: U.S . Air Force, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, NATO, Pfizer Locations: Britain, United States, Ireland, Germany, France, U.S, Brussels, Geneva
The wife of "El Chapo," one of the world's most powerful drug lords, has agreed to plead guilty to helping him run his Mexican cartel, according to court documents filed Wednesday. She will appear by video to enter her plea Thursday morning, according to an entry on the federal court docket. Federal prosecutors said his wife relayed messages from El Chapo to other leaders of his Sinaloa cartel while he was on the run to avoid capture by Mexican police. A former beauty queen, Aispuro was introduced to El Chapo when she was 17 and married him on her 18th birthday when he was 49. The court documents filed Wednesday gave no indication of any agreement to cooperate with prosecutors.
Persons: El, Emma Coronel Aispuro, Chapo, Joaquin Guzman Loera, El Chapo, Aispuro, Jeffrey Lichtman, it's Organizations: Dulles Airport, Telemundo, New York Post Locations: Virginia, United States, Colorado, Sinaloa, Brooklyn
Of the doses, 200 million will be donated this year and 300 million across the first half of next year. COVAX's goal is to make 2 billion doses available to countries in need by the end of 2021. So far, approximately 81 million vaccines have been shipped to over 129 participants. The U.S. and other wealthy countries have been criticized for racing ahead in their vaccine rollouts as other, poorer countries struggle to obtain vaccines. When asked by reporters Wednesday morning before boarding Air Force One whether he planned to announce a new global vaccine strategy, Biden said, "I have one, and I'll be announcing it."
Persons: Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, Biden, Sullivan Organizations: WASHINGTON, Pfizer, World Health Organization, African Union, National, Wednesday, Washington Post, Air Force Locations: Britain, U.S
WASHINGTON — Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., made her Senate bid official Wednesday, announcing that she plans to challenge Republican Marco Rubio for his seat next year. “When you grow up in the South poor, Black and female, you have to have faith in progress and opportunity. She said, ‘Never tire of doing good, never tire,'” Demings said in the clip. Demings has served in the House since 2017, and her husband is the mayor of Orange County, Florida. From 2007 to 2011, Demings worked as chief of Orlando’s police department.
Persons: Val Demings, Republican Marco Rubio, Demings, “ I’ve, Rubio bashed Demings, , Nancy Pelosi, ” Rubio, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Hunter Organizations: WASHINGTON —, Republican, United States, Florida, NBC Locations: Congress, Washington, “ Florida, Florida, Orange County , Florida, Ukraine
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday revoking a Trump-era order aimed at banning TikTok, the popular video app. President Donald Trump issued an executive order in August barring U.S. companies from doing business with ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok. Trump's order faced immediate legal challenges and the ban was never instituted. "This data collection threatens to provide foreign adversaries with access to that information. Foreign adversary access to large repositories of United States persons' data also presents a significant risk."
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, Trump, Commerce, National Intelligence, U.S, ByteDance Locations: United States, United, States
Their charter plane suffered mechanical problems due to cicadas. A replacement plane had to be called in, and eventually the press corps took off from Dulles International Airport for the United Kingdom early Wednesday morning after waiting more than six hours to depart. Another reason to dislike cicadas: “cicada strike”disabled White House press plane set to depart for G7 in Cornwall last night. They are members of Brood X — the largest group of cicadas that live on 17-year cycles, which includes three species. NBC News foreign correspondent Molly Hunter, based in London, reacted to the delay of the press plane on Twitter, saying: “Good news: no cicadas on this side!”
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Andrea Mitchell, she’s, — Andrea Mitchell, Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Molly Hunter Organizations: WASHINGTON — Journalists, Dulles International Airport, United Kingdom, NBC, White House, Washington, Europe, Air Force, Joint Base Andrews, NBC News Locations: Europe, United, Cornwall, D.C, East, London
The buildup of doses is largely a result of the Food and Drug Administration's order in early April pausing distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of safety concerns. Plescia described a growing fear among his members that Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses, which are coveted in the developing world, could go to waste if no national effort emerges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine data tracker indicates that 21.4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been distributed and that a little more than half have been administered, or 11.1 million. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective and only requires one shot," DeWine said in a statement. Racha Yehia, who works in public health for Care2Communities in Cap-Haïtien, said the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine makes the most sense.
Persons: Johnson, Marcus Plescia, Plescia, you've, Andy Slavitt, Slavitt, Clay Marsh, state's, Marsh, Mike DeWine's, Ohioans, aENFz8odZP, S01vNx1RhY, Mike DeWine, DeWine, Dan Tierney, , Tierney, Racha Yehia, Ashley Baldwin, Elizabeth Campa, Campa Organizations: Food, Association of State, Territorial Health, White, Disease Control, CDC, White House and State Department, West Virginia University, FDA, Gov, NBC, Pan American Health Organization, AstraZeneca, Public Health Ministry, Partners, Health, University of Global Health Equity Locations: West Virginia, United States, Ohio, Haiti
For a White House team that came into office promising to be more compassionate and effective on immigration policy, there is tremendous political risk in failing on either front. And the White House has been slow to respond to a major spike in migration. "The truth of the matter is: Nothing has changed," Biden said from the East Room of the White House on March 25. I'd be happy to offer this legislation to Vice President Harris or President Biden as a solution to the crisis on our southern border." “By handing Vice President Harris the assignment of dealing with what amounts to an intractable problem, Biden is certainly complicating her future.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Kamala Harris, Biden, Harris, Donald Trump, we’ve, El Salvador —, Barack Obama's, Obama, Katie Adams, Sen, Joe Manchin, Harris won’t, it’s, Biden’s, Kevin McCarthy, John Cornyn, Kyrsten, Cornyn, I'd, NBC's Lester Holt, doesn't, isn't, George H.W, George H.W . Bush, Martin Van Buren, , Kate Andersen Brower, Brower, Organizations: White House, White, . Customs, Border Protection, Northern Triangle, United Church of Christ, Senate, Republicans, Central America, Arizona Democrat, Democratic Locations: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Texas, Arizona, I’m, George H.W .
Harris noted "there's not going to be a quick fix” to the border situation, and the U.S. won’t “see an immediate return” as a result of actions taken by the administration. Watch Vice President Kamala Harris' full interview on “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Yes.”Harris said “at some point” she would visit the southwest border, although she did not specify a time. “Listen, I care about what's happening on the border,” Harris told Holt. “I’m in Guatemala because my focus is dealing with the root causes of migration.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Kamala Harris, ” Harris, Lester Holt, Harris, there's, won’t, Lester Holt ”, , Joe Biden, Holt, Henry Cuellar, Biden, Alejandro Mayorkas, Susan Rice Organizations: U.S, NBC, Northern, Homeland, Treasury, State, Justice Locations: U.S, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Texas, “ I’m, United States
WASHINGTON — The White House announced Tuesday that it will establish a task force to address supply chain challenges in key sectors where “a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident.”The task force will focus on “homebuilding and construction, semiconductors, transportation, and agriculture and food” and will be led by the secretaries of commerce, agriculture and transportation, the White House said. As the U.S. has reopened its economy, changes in demand have caused the disruptions, the White House said. “While these short-term supply chain disruptions are temporary, the president has directed his administration to closely monitor these developments and take actions to minimize the impacts on workers, consumers, and businesses in order to bolster a strong economic recovery,” it said. The actions come as the White House released the findings of a 100-day review of critical U.S. supply chain issues in a 250-page report Tuesday. The administration will also establish a new trade “strike force” that would propose unilateral and multilateral enforcement actions against unfair foreign trade practices.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Organizations: White, House, Department of Health, Human Services, of Interior, Department, Energy, Labor, Department of Defense Locations: U.S, China
The United States has recovered much of the ransom payment the Russian hacker group DarkSide extorted from Colonial Pipeline this year, the Justice Department said Monday. The announcement details a rare disruption of the cryptocurrency payment systems favored by hackers that have enabled ransomware efforts around the world. DarkSide hacked into Colonial in April as part of a monthslong crime spree, leading the company to shut down operations. "Ransomware attacks are always unacceptable, but when they target critical infrastructure, we will spare no effort in our response," she said. Jen Ellis, a co-author of a landmark Ransomware Task Force report studying how to slow the pace of ransomware attacks, welcomed the Justice Department's announcement as "fantastic news."
Persons: Paul Abbate, Elvis Chan, DarkSide's, Lisa Monaco, Allan Liska, Chan, Joseph Blount, Jen Ellis, Ellis, Tom Robinson Organizations: Colonial Pipeline, Justice Department, FBI, San, Colonial, NBC News, Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center, Force Locations: States, Northern California, San Francisco, U.S, British
And she offered perhaps her most direct warning yet to prospective migrants: “As one of our priorities, we will discourage illegal migration. And I believe if you come to our border you will be turned back." Harris said she would also continue to engage with private companies to help draw investments to the area as well. Guatemala sends more unaccompanied minors to the U.S. border than any other nation, according to data from Customs and Border Protection. Nancy McEldowney, Harris’ national security adviser, told reporters Sunday that Harris was “here as part of this administration’s overall effort to restore American leadership around the world.”
Persons: Kamala Harris, Alejandro Giammattei, Harris, Giammattei, ” Giammattei, , , ” Harris, candida ”, Antony Blinken, Bush, Obama, Joe Biden, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, López Obrador, Andrews, Nancy McEldowney Organizations: GUATEMALA CITY —, Guatemalan, de, Paz, Treasury, State, Justice, Guatemalan national, Northern Triangle, Central America, White House, Biden, Protection, Republicans, U.S, El Salvador —, Northern, Joint, Air Force Locations: GUATEMALA, Guatemala City, United States, Guatemala, U.S, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Central, Guatemalan, Customs, Mexico City, Washington
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up the federal government's claim that allowing a civil rights lawsuit filed by Muslims in California to proceed would reveal secrets that could damage national security. The effort "explicitly targeted Muslims because of their religion," violating their religious freedom, a lawyer for the Muslims told the Supreme Court. The Justice Department moved to block the suit in federal court by asserting the state secrets privilege, which courts have recognized for more than a hundred years. It said the state secrets privilege was displaced by a federal law governing evidence gathered with the permission of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The Supreme Court will hear the case in the fall, during its next term.
Persons: Trump, Biden Organizations: Supreme, The Justice Department, FBI, Appeals, Foreign Intelligence, Justice Department Locations: California, Orange County, U.S
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