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CIA Director William Burns testifies during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing about worldwide threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., April 14, 2021. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington’s ability to collect and act on threats will diminish when the time comes for the U.S. military to withdraw from Afghanistan, CIA Director William Burns said on Wednesday ahead of an expected announcement from President Joe Biden that he plans to end the longest U.S. war. “There is a significant risk once the U.S. military and the coalition militaries withdraw,” Burns told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, although he said the United States would retain “a suite of capabilities”.
Persons: William Burns, Saul Loeb, Joe Biden, ” Burns Organizations: Intelligence, Capitol, REUTERS WASHINGTON, U.S, CIA, U.S ., U.S . Senate Intelligence Locations: Washington , DC, Afghanistan, U.S, United
CIA chief says intelligence will diminish once U.S. troops leave Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
CIA Director William Burns testifies during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing about worldwide threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., April 14, 2021. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) -Washington’s ability to collect intelligence and act on threats will diminish when U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, CIA Director William Burns said on Wednesday ahead of an expected announcement of a pullout by President Joe Biden. Burns’ testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee underscored a key risk inherent in Biden’s decision to pull remaining U.S. forces out, given the enduring presence of al Qaeda and Islamic State militants in the country. “When the time comes for the U.S. military to withdraw, the U.S. government’s ability to collect and act on threats will diminish. U.S. officials on Tuesday said that Biden on Wednesday would announce that all remaining U.S. troops would leave Afghanistan before Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks on the United States that triggered the U.S.-led invasion.
Persons: William Burns, Saul Loeb, Joe Biden, Burns, , Biden Organizations: Intelligence, Capitol, REUTERS WASHINGTON, CIA, Senate Intelligence, Islamic, U.S Locations: Washington , DC, Afghanistan, Qaeda, U.S, United States, al Qaeda
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. spy agency leaders warned on Wednesday of the “unparalleled threat” posted by China, citing Beijing’s regional aggression, cyber capabilities and economic clout as they testified at a public congressional “Worldwide Threats” hearing for the first time in more than two years. The appearance by Haines and the other intelligence agency directors was the first public “Worldwide Threats” hearing on global threats to the United States since January 2019. Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, National Security Agency Director General Paul Nakasone and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Scott Berrier also testified. The hearing took place a day after U.S. intelligence agencies released a sweeping report on global threats. Disease, the rich-poor gap, climate change and conflicts within and among nations will pose greater challenges in coming decades, with the COVID-19 pandemic already worsening some of those problems, the report by the National Intelligence Council said.
Persons: , Avril Haines, Saul Loeb, National Intelligence Avril Haines, ” Haines, Haines, Donald Trump, Mark Warner, Marco Rubio, Warner, ’ Rubio, William Burns, Christopher Wray, Paul Nakasone, General Scott Berrier Organizations: WASHINGTON, National Intelligence, Intelligence, Capitol, REUTERS, Senate Intelligence, Democratic, Republican, Huawei, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence, National Intelligence Council Locations: China, Washington , DC, United States, Washington, Beijing
U.S. President Joe Biden attends a lying in honor ceremony for U.S Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans, on the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. April 13, 2021. Amr Alfiky/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will speak to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on April 28, accepting an invitation from House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a fellow Democrat. “The President has accepted the invitation of the Speaker of the House to address a Joint Session of Congress on April 28, the night before his 100th day in office,” the White House said in a prepared statement. The speech will give Biden, 78, an opportunity to deliver a sales pitch to millions of Americans for his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, which is the subject of a partisan debate in Congress. In February, Pelosi said she would invite Biden to deliver the speech after Congress passed his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.
Persons: Joe Biden, William “ Billy ” Evans, Amr Alfiky, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Vladimir Putin, Chris Dodd, State Richard Armitage, James Steinberg, Pelosi Organizations: U.S Capitol Police, REUTERS WASHINGTON, U.S, Congress, Biden, State, White Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, China, Taiwan, Iran
Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is “deeply disappointed” by Somalia’s approval of legislation that extends the terms of the president and members of parliament by two years, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Tuesday. “Implementation of this bill will pose serious obstacles to dialogue and further undermine peace and security in Somalia,” Blinken said. Somalia’s lower house of parliament voted on Monday to extend President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s four-year term, which expired in February, for another two years. Lower House speaker Mohamed Mursal Sheikh said the measure would let the country prepare for direct elections. The African Union, European Union, United Nations and regional bloc the Intergovernmental Authority on Development said in a joint statement on Saturday that they would not support any extension of the president’s term.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Gina Abercrombie, Winstanley, Benjamin Franklin, Mandel Ngan, ” Blinken, , Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s, Ayub Ismail Yusuf, Ilyas Ali Hassan, Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Organizations: State Department, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Federal Government, Reuters, African Union, European Union, United Nations, Authority, Development Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, United States, Somalia, Shabab, European
Prosecutors say alleged Oath Keepers stored weapons in a "quick reaction force" outside of DC ahead of January 6. In a new filing, they say members of the paramilitary group likely stashed weapons in a suburban hotel. Twelve alleged Oath Keepers are defendants in a high-profile conspiracy case tied to the attack. Members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right paramilitary group involved in the January 6 Capitol insurrection, likely stored a cache of weapons in a suburban hotel outside of Washington, DC, in the lead-up to the riot, federal prosecutors say. Meggs and other known Oath Keepers rented multiple rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Washington, DC, where prosecutors say Harrelson spent the nights of January 5 and 6.
Persons: Amit Mehta, , Kenneth Harrelson, Harrelson, Kelly Meggs, Judge Mehta, antifa Organizations: Politico, DC, Cell, Prosecutors, Arlington Comfort, Comfort, US Justice Department, CNN, Capitol Locations: Washington, DC, Arlington , Virginia, Washington , DC
OECD backs Biden’s plan to raise the minimum wage
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Silvia Amaro | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
"This is particularly the case in the United States, where raising the federal minimum wage is among the top priorities. Recent evidence suggests that increases of the minimum wage up to 59% of the median wage have little negative impact on employment," the Paris-based institution said. "Raising the federal minimum wage would both incentivize participation and help to ameliorate earnings inequalities," it added. The U.S. minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009. Small business owners have said that the plan to increase pay would be a burden at a difficult time for them.
Persons: Joe Biden, , Biden Organizations: Capitol, Organization for Economic Cooperation, Development, OECD, U.S Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, United States, Paris
David Kessler, a top Covid response official in President Joe Biden 's Department of Health and Human Services, is also on the witness list. The House coronavirus subcommittee will hear Thursday from three top Biden administration health officials about the United States' efforts to ramp up vaccinations as Covid cases, including those from dangerous variants , are on the rise . While the U.S. is vaccinating more people than ever, Covid cases are on the rise in more than half of its states. In their push for all eligible people in the U.S. to get vaccinated for Covid, officials have stressed that all available options — from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — are safe and effective. All of the women developed the condition within about two weeks of inoculation, health officials told reporters Tuesday.
Persons: Anthony Fauci, David Kessler, James Clyburn, Rochelle Walensky, Joe Biden, Fauci, , Johnson, Dr, Jeffrey Kahn, Scott Gottlieb Organizations: National Institute of Allergy, Diseases, White, Health, Education, Labor, Capitol, House, for Disease Control, Department of Health, Human Services, Biden, Johns Hopkins University, CNN, Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson, FDA, Berman, of Bioethics, CNBC, Associated Press, Aetion Inc, Cruise Line Holdings Locations: Washington ,, United States, Washington , DC, U.S, Michigan
Fed's Harker says central bank will 'hold steady' for now
  + stars: | 2021-04-13 | by ( Jonnelle Marte | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.81   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, DC, U.S., August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo(Reuters) - The U.S. economy could grow by around 5% to 6% this year, buoyed by increased vaccinations and strong fiscal aid, but the Federal Reserve is not going to pull back its support yet, Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker said on Tuesday. “For now, Fed policy is going to hold steady,” Harker said in remarks prepared for a virtual event organized by the Delaware State Chamber. Despite concerns among some economists and politicians that inflation could shoot higher as the economy heals, Harker said he is concerned with the opposite - inflation that is too low. Over the longer term, the Fed wants inflation to run above its 2% target to make up for long periods of falling short of the goal, Harker said.
Persons: Chris Wattie, Patrick Harker, , ” Harker, Johnson, Johnson’s, Harker, “ We’re, Organizations: Federal Reserve, REUTERS, Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, Delaware State Chamber, Fed Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, Philadelphia, Delaware
U.S. President Joe Biden joins a CEO Summit on Semiconductor and Supply Chain Resilience via video conference from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on April 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. More than 300 businesses and investors have called on President Joe Biden to nearly double U.S. targets to reduce planet-warming emissions below 2005 levels by 2030. In a letter published on Tuesday, corporate leaders from companies like Google, Apple, Walmart and Unilever praised the Biden administration for re-joining the global Paris climate accord and aggressively addressing climate change. The Biden administration plans to unveil a stricter emissions target for the Paris accord on or before the summit of world leaders. The letter indicates a shift by the private sector to address their own climate change impact and better align with the goals of the Biden administration, which has vowed to put the country on a path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Persons: Joe Biden, Roosevelt, Biden, , Obama, Donald Trump Organizations: Semiconductor, Resilience, White, Google, Apple, Walmart, Unilever Locations: Washington , DC, Paris
President Joe Biden and top lawmakers gathered in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday to honor Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans. Biden addressed Evans' family, including his 9-year-old son Logan and 7-year-old daughter Abigail, in personal terms. President Joe Biden and top lawmakers gathered in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday to honor Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans, who was killed during a car attack while protecting the building on April 2. President Joe Biden presents a challenge coin to Logan Evans, son of slain US Capitol Police officer William Billy Evans at a ceremony at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on April 13, 2021. Lawmakers and officers gathered on February 3 to honor Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after being attacked by rioters while protecting the Capitol building on January 6.
Persons: Joe Biden, William, Billy, Evans, Biden, Logan, Abigail, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, Logan Evans, William Billy Evans, Brian Sicknick, Sicknick, Rosa Parks, Rev, Billy Graham, Noah Green, , Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy Organizations: Capitol Police, Capitol police, US Capitol Police, Capitol Locations: Washington , DC, WhiteHouse
Second Amendment sanctuaries ignore federal or state gun laws they consider restrictive. The legislation to make Texas a sanctuary state was introduced in February by Texas State Rep. Justin Holland. Second Amendment sanctuaries are meant to combat the perceived infringement of gun rights in a variety of forms. Since then, more than 70 counties in Illinois have passed some kind of Second Amendment sanctuary legislation, The Trace reported. Getty Images/Washington PostEven where Second Amendment sanctuary isn't officially declared, some sheriffs have taken it upon themselves to buck federal gun laws.
Persons: Greg Abbott, they've, , Abbott, Justin Holland, Joe Biden, Holland, George Frey, Doug Ducey, Ducey, Biden, Brendan McDermid, Sheriff Scott Jenkins, Bob Norris, Norris, Darrell Miller, Miller, Trump's, Trump, Mario Tama, Dana Schrad, Sanford V, Levinson, they'd, Tung Yin, Republican Sen, Lindsey Graham, Chip Somodevilla, Neagle, Chris Jennings, Rand, Jim Henson, KXAN, Chris Wallace, Bryan, Kent Moore, Sam Craft, Joyce Malcolm, Patrick Henry, Malcolm Organizations: Texas Gov, Texas State, El Paso Times, Davidson Defense, Getty, Democrat, Arizona Gov, Gun, Reuters, Renegade, Constitutional Sheriffs, Peace Officers Association, Voters, Washington, Center for Firearms Law, Duke Law School, FBI, ATF, Department of Justice, Virginia Association of Chiefs, Police, USA, University of Texas Law School, New York, United, Lewis & Clark Law School, Oregon, Republican, Capitol, The, The Texas Politics, Fox, Constitutional, George Mason University School of Law, Washington Post Locations: Bryan , Texas, Texas, Alaska , Idaho , Kansas , Wyoming, Arizona, Orem , Utah, Effingham County , Illinois, Illinois, Virginia, Hudson, Monroe , New York, Culpeper , Virginia, Washington , Oregon, New Mexico, Stockdale , Texas, Kootenai County , Idaho, Washington , DC, Kootenai County, El Paso , Texas, El Paso, U.S, Mexico, United States, Portland, Newton County , Missouri, Washington ,, The Texas
NRSC Chairman Rick Scott presented President Donald J. Trump with the NRSC's inaugural Champion for Freedom Award. Courtesy: NRSCSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) participates in a swearing-in ceremony for the 117th Congress with Vice President Mike Pence, as his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, holds the Bible in the Old Senate Chambers at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC, January 3, 2021. "If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b---" Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen," Trump told the crowd at the event, which was held by the Republican National Committee. "They would have fought it." A source told NBC News that Trump griped that "a real leader" never would have accepted the Electoral College results showing he lost.
Persons: Rick Scott, Donald J, Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence, Elaine Chao, Chambers, Kevin Dietsch, Trump, McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Schumer Organizations: Trump, U.S, Capitol, Democratic, Republican National Committee, NBC News, Electoral Locations: Washington , DC, Lago, Florida
Apple has agreed to send a top executive to testify before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust after leading senators pressed the company to make one available to discuss competition concerns with its app store. Apple responded on Sunday in a letter obtained by CNBC and first reported by Bloomberg, agreeing to send Chief Compliance Officer Kyle Andeer to testify on April 21. Klobuchar and Lee wrote on Friday that Apple had previously cited ongoing litigation as a reason for refusing to provide a witness in April. Apple currently faces a lawsuit from Fortnite-maker Epic Games, which has accused the company of violating antitrust laws through its stewardship of its App Store. They also noted Apple's choice to send witnesses to testify before state legislatures voting on bills that would regulate app stores in the way their panel plans to explore.
Persons: Sen, Amy Klobuchar, Amy Coney Barrett, Tim Cook, Mike Lee, Apple, Kyle Andeer, Timothy Powderly, Lee, Klobuchar, Powderly, Andeer Organizations: Capitol, Apple, CNBC, Bloomberg, Epic, YouTube Locations: Washington , DC, Utah, Klobuchar, Fortnite
Congress is still determining the best path forward to prevent future attacks on the US Capitol. Congress will consider the structure of the Capitol police and possible security improvements. WASHINGTON (AP) — More than three months after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Congress is still trying to figure out how to move forward and prevent future attacks. AP PhotoIntelligence failuresThe House Intelligence Committee is reviewing why Capitol Police were so massively unprepared for the hundreds of Trump supporters who pushed past them and broke in. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., says his committee is focused on three central questions: "What intelligence was missed, how was intelligence shared and was the intelligence acted upon?"
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, William, Billy, Evans, Patrick Semansky, chafe, Jose Luis Magana, Zoe Lofgren, Tim Ryan, Brian Sicknick, Ryan, Pelosi, Russel Honoré, Al Drago, Steven Sund, Amy Klobuchar, Klobuchar, Trump, Sund, Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Julio Cortez Organizations: Capitol Police, Capitol, WASHINGTON, Associated Press, Pentagon, ., Police, U.S, Administration Committee, California Rep, Ohio Rep, U.S . Capitol Police, U.S . Capitol, National Guard, Capitol Police Board, Sund, Senate Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs, AP, Intelligence, FBI, . House Locations: Washington, U.S, Washington , DC, Virginia
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 12, 2021. The White House is using alternative methods to reach Americans who remain reluctant to get a Covid-19 vaccine: NASCAR, Country Music TV and shows like "Deadliest Catch," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. "We've run PSAs on 'The Deadliest Catch,' we're engaged with NASCAR and Country Music TV. We're looking for a range of creative ways to get directly connected to white conservative communities," Psaki said. The White House is inching closer to its updated goal of 200 million shots in arms in President Biden's first 100 days, which is just under three weeks away.
Persons: Jen Psaki, we're, Psaki, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, I'm, Biden's Organizations: White, Press, NASCAR, Country Music, Kaiser Health, NPR Marist, Washington Post, Republican Locations: Brady, Washington , DC
"I'm prepared to negotiate as to the extent of my infrastructure project as well as how we pay for it. It would also hike the corporate tax rate and seek to deter offshoring of corporate profits. Republicans have signaled they will support an infrastructure bill only if Biden slashes the scope and price tag of his proposal. GOP lawmakers have also criticized Biden's plan to increase the corporate tax rate to 28% to offset the investments. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., has urged Biden to raise the corporate rate to 25% rather than 28%.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, I'm, It's, Maria Cantwell, Roger Wicker, Don Young, Peter DeFazio, Biden's, Sen, Joe Manchin Organizations: White, Democratic, Republicans, Democrats, Alaska Republican, NBC News, Transportation, NBC, CNBC, YouTube Locations: Washington , DC, Washington, Alaska
President Joe Biden on Monday called for "peace and calm" in the wake of the "tragic" fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota. "I haven't called Daunte Wright's family, but my prayers are with the family. It's really a tragic thing that happened," Biden told reporters in the Oval Office of Wright's death Sunday. Biden called for any protests to Wright's shooting to remain "peaceful," echoing a plea from Wright's mother. Asked if he'd deploy federal resources to help keep the peace if necessary, Biden noted that he'd already done so because of the Chauvin trial.
Persons: Joe Biden, Daunte Wright, Biden, Wright, Tim Gannon, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin Organizations: White, American, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota . Brooklyn Center Police Locations: Minnesota, Washington , DC, Minneapolis, Brooklyn
Blinken to return to Brussels for talks on Ukraine, Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-04-11 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the release of the "2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S., March 30, 2021. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will return to Brussels this week for discussions on Iran, Afghanistan and Russian activities directed at Ukraine, a U.S. official said. Blinken will join U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Brussels. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine on Friday of “dangerous provocative actions” in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region. Blinken first visited Brussels in March for talks with European Union and NATO allies and pledged to rebuild and revitalize trans-Atlantic alliances.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Mandel Ngan, Blinken, Lloyd Austin, Austin, Joe Biden’s, Vladimir Putin Organizations: State Department, WASHINGTON, U.S, U.S . Defense, NATO, Pentagon, Ukraine, European Union Locations: Washington , DC, Brussels, Iran, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Belgium, Israel, Germany, Britain, Ukraine’s, Washington, Russia, Crimea, Russian, Donbass, Turkey, NATO
Matt Gaetz once said the recipient of a private image could do with it what they want, his former colleague said this week. It should be obvious that, like any other sex act, consent should be sought before sharing private images. The very name "revenge porn" is misleading because it implies that the perpetrators are motivated by revenge. After leaving Congress, Hill vowed to campaign against revenge porn, most likely why the recent Gaetz allegations have hit her hard. At the time of writing, 46 states, the District of Columbia, and one territory have revenge porn laws.
Persons: Matt Gaetz, Tom Goodson, Gaetz, Matt, Goodson, Trump, he'd, Amy Hasinoff, Katie Hill, Fortune, Win McNamee, Hill, could've, Masinoff Organizations: Orlando Sentinel, General Services Administration, House, Civil Rights Initiative, University of Colorado Denver, Daily Mail, Capitol, CNN, of Columbia Locations: Florida, Washington , DC
But the vice president will likely face 'unrealistic expectations' on how much she can accomplish. When President Joe Biden announced that Vice President Kamala Harris would lead the White House's diplomatic effort to address the flow of unaccompanied minors arriving at the southern border, Harris knew this would be no easy task. The vice president does not have much foreign relations experience. Harris's history fighting for undocumented immigrantsDuring Harris's time as California attorney general, she worked on cases involving unaccompanied minors and undocumented immigrants. In her new role, the vice president will also oversee the White House's efforts to provide financial assistance to the northern triangle countries.
Persons: Harris, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Biden, Harris —, , Sergio Garcia, Garcia, Obama, Read, Joe Biden's, She's, Sergio, Sen, Alex Wong, Sergio Gonzales, It's Kamala Harris, Sarah Pierce, Pierce, it's Organizations: El, Joe Biden's White House, State, Supreme, U.S, Capitol, Committee, Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs Committee, Northern, Senate, Biden, Migration Policy Institute, Central Locations: United States, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, California, Mexico, Washington , DC, Bidenworld
President Joe Biden holds a meeting with US Senators about infrastructure improvements in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, February 11, 2021. President Joe Biden will meet with bipartisan members of Congress on Monday as he tries to sell his more than $2 trillion infrastructure plan, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. Biden on Monday will stress "the need for a bold, once-in-a-generation investment in America to put millions of people to work," Psaki said. Since unveiling his plan, Biden has said he would listen to input from "any Republican who wants to get this done." The meeting will start the president's effort to hear out the GOP — even if the differences between the parties' visions for an infrastructure bill may prevent them from working together.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, Biden, Psaki Organizations: White, Senate, Republican, GOP Locations: Washington , DC, Washington, America
The Anthem, a popular live music venue, displays a message of support on their marquee on April 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. At The Independent in San Francisco, it's been a long, dark year in the most literal sense. The music and comedy shows that filled the venue's stage and boosted the local economy have been halted since early March 2020. But the SBA's portal faced technical challenges on launch day, and the applications process is currently suspended. Earlier Friday, the SBA said, it was working with its vendors to fix the tech issues, which had been identified.
Persons: it's, It's, Allen Scott, Scott, Andrea Roebker Organizations: Independent, Small, SBA Locations: Washington , DC, San Francisco
Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Southern Border, Ambassador Roberta Jacobson, speaks during a press briefing on March 10, 2021, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. President Joe Biden's coordinator for the southern Border Roberta Jacobson will leave her post at the end of April, the White House announced Friday. "Consistent with her commitment at the outset to serve in the administration's first 100 days, Ambassador Jacobson will retire from her role as coordinator at the end of this month," White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement. The policy direction is so clearly right for our country." Jacobson traveled to Mexico in March to meet with government officials regarding migration and has represented the White House in press briefings.
Persons: Roberta Jacobson, Joe Biden's, Jacobson, Jake Sullivan, Biden, Kamala Harris, " Jacobson Organizations: Southern Border, White, National, U.S, Central, New York Times Locations: Brady, Washington , DC, U.S, Mexico, Central America, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the release of the "2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S., March 30, 2021. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Jordan’s King Abdullah on Thursday and “reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to its strategic partnership with Jordan,” a U.S. State Department spokesman said. Blinken commended the king for “Jordan’s steadfast leadership promoting peace and stability in the Middle East,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Mandel Ngan, Jordan’s King Abdullah, , Jordan, , Blinken, Ned Price Organizations: State Department, REUTERS WASHINGTON, U.S . State Department, Locations: Washington , DC, U.S
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