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U.S. debt limit is not a partisan issue, White House says
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Clouds pass over the White House in Washington, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's administration will continue to argue that the U.S. debt limit is not a partisan issue and push Republicans and Democrats to vote to raise it, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday. "We will continue to make the case that it should be" raised, Psaki told reporters on board Air Force One. "It is not a partisan issue to want to protect the full faith and credit of the United States, and... we will continue to press for bipartisan support for moving forward." Republicans have refused to vote to increase the debt limit, citing Democrats' spending plans on infrastructure and social programs.
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In his first meeting with the cohort of State Department staffers affected in Cuba and China, Blinken spent more than an hour offering reassurances and fielding questions, with most affected staffers joining remotely by phone. “It's confounding and puzzling to everyone who works on this that we have not been able to determine the cause or attribution,” the senior State Department official said. Diplomats have bristled at the fact the FBI did not directly interview the diplomats affected. On the Sept. 10 call, when Blinken asked how the department could reduce the skepticism, at least one diplomat encouraged the State Department to publicly refute that report. “The FBI study is one I have actually read,” she told the diplomats, according to notes from the call.
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REUTERS/Jeenah MoonCHICAGO/LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - America's reopening to international air travelers can't come soon enough for U.S. and European airlines which have sorely missed the lucrative transatlantic market. "The transatlantic market is a key profit generator for the main European legacy airline groups," said Bernstein analyst Daniel Roeska. LEAN WINTERThe lifting of restrictions coincides with the onset of winter season, historically a lean period for international travel, when many airlines tend to make a loss. In the United States, though, airlines fear the travel recovery could by blunted by the Delta variant of the coronavirus. In early September, U.S. airline passenger volumes for international travel were just 44% of the pre-pandemic levels, according to data from trade body Airlines for America.
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The speech will be Biden’s first as president at the meeting, which will look much different from past gatherings with many world leaders opting to deliver their remarks virtually. “America is back,” Biden said during a meeting with the U.N. secretary general Monday. Among the challenges Biden plans to address are the Covid pandemic, climate change, trade and economics, investments in clean infrastructure, counterterrorism, and “vigorous competition with great powers, but not a new Cold War,” the official said. This year’s gathering of world leaders will be largely scaled down because of the pandemic. The UN has said that 83 leaders will make their remarks in person with the rest of the global leaders’ making pre-recorded remarks.
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Mark Zuckerberg said he would avoid fact-checking political posts if Trump didn't impose heavy regulations, a new book says. Peter Thiel told an associate that Zuckerberg cut the deal during a meeting at the White House in 2019, the book claims. Zuckerberg denied that such a deal had been made, according to the book, saying the notion was "pretty ridiculous." During the meeting, Zuckerberg pledged to Kushner that he wouldn't fact-check political posts on Facebook as long as the Trump administration steered clear of regulating the platform, Thiel told a confidant, according to the excerpt. Last year, Facebook also confirmed to The Washington Post that though the fact-checking policy was officially announced in September 2019, Facebook formally put it in place in September 2018, prior to the conversation that Zuckerberg had with Thiel, Kushner, and Trump.
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Biden will make his first appearance at the United Nations since taking office as president in January. We believe in the United Nations and its value," he said Monday evening before a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Biden's message will be "ending the war in Afghanistan closed a chapter focused on war and opens a chapter focused on ... purposeful, effective, intensive American diplomacy," a senior White House official said. Biden will also up the U.S. commitments on climate change and COVID-19 vaccine donations, the official said, without providing specifics. Biden is to convene a virtual COVID-19 summit from the White House on Wednesday on the margins of the United Nations meeting.
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He has called for Democrats to raise the debt ceiling on their own through a special budget process. Republicans supported raising the debt ceiling three times during the Trump administration. Yes, you've seen this movie before: President Joe Biden and McConnell played major parts in it too. Spurred on by the tea-party movement, Republicans sought to use raising the debt ceiling as a political cudgel against the Obama White House in 2011. Anxiety about congressional action over the debt ceiling didn't help matters either.
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But it has become ensnared in partisan politics, with Republicans refusing to allow a debt ceiling increase at a time when Democrats control Congress and the White House. Mr. Biden will argue that a lot has, and insist he is not spinning toward a Cold War with China. The allies recognize, of course, the differences between Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump. But in conversations over the past two weeks, they say they have new concerns about the United States. Al Sharpton, who said he was nervous that Mr. Biden would not follow up his lofty statements and speeches with action.
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"The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir" by John Bolton. These are all recent books that have been written about the problematic events that transpired inside the Trump White House. Brave new worldOn June 25, 1973, former White House Counsel to President Nixon John Dean began his televised testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee. Dean was the first Nixon administration official to accuse President Nixon of directly being involved in the Watergate break-in and covering it up in press interviews. Dean did what many in the Trump White House should have done.
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U.S. President Joe Biden and France's President Emmanuel Macron walk along the boardwalk during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/PoolABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Sept 21 (Reuters) - White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday a phone call between President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron about a disputed submarine deal is expected soon. Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One as Biden flew back to Washington from New York that staff members are finalizing the details to arrange the call. Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Steve Holland; Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Phil Noble, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Biden, Trevor Hunnicutt, Steve Holland, Chris Reese Organizations: REUTERS, FORCE, Air Force, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Washington, New York
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Biden to cancel student debt during a virtual summit. Biden has not yet commented on whether he will cancel $50,000 in student debt per borrower. The advocacy group hosted Schumer, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and other advocates in calling for $50,000 in student debt cancellation for every borrower burdened by the $1.7 trillion student debt crisis. Schumer has been one of the leaders in calling on Biden to cancel student debt using executive action, and he said during the summit that the growing student debt in the country has become "an anchor weighing down the American Dream." And although student-loan payments have been on pause for a year and a half, many borrowers still don't feel ready to resume payments in February.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Biden, Chuck Schumer doesn't, Joe Biden, Schumer, Ayanna Pressley, Richard Cordray, Gwen Carney, Carney, it's Organizations: Service, Schumer, Federal Student Aid, Justice, White House, Democratic, Senate Locations: Massachusetts, America
Failing to lift the debt ceiling would spark a recession similar to the financial crisis, Moody's said Tuesday. Nearly six million jobs would be erased and tanking stocks would cost Americans $15 trillion. Democrats are pushing forward with their own bill to suspend the debt limit, allowing the government to keep borrowing cash and paying off its bills. The White House told state and local governments on Friday that failure to lift the debt ceiling would force stark cuts to federal support. Congress's last-minute negotiations over the debt ceiling are similar to kids playing with a "box of dynamite," he said in a September 13 note.
Persons: Moody's, Janet Yellen, Mark Zandi, Biden, David Kelly, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer Organizations: Service, Gross, White House, FEMA, JPMorgan, Republicans, GOP Locations: COVID
What does this also tell us about crisis management and our nuclear weapons safeguards? Woodward and Costa relate that Milley sought to reassure his counterpart in Beijing that the U.S. would not launch a surprise nuclear attack. After the election, Milley held a secret meeting of the country’s senior military leaders in the Pentagon. During the Cold War, the U.S. established procedures giving the president sole authority to order a nuclear attack. Defense Department directives for those allowed access to nuclear weapons, codes and procedures are extremely restrictive.
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday called pictures that appeared to show a Border Patrol agent on horseback with a whip to deter migrants "horrific," but declined to say what consequences there should be for the agent's actions. I can't imagine what context would make that appropriate, but I don't have additional details," Psaki told reporters at the daily White House briefing. Psaki was pressed repeatedly about the images and asked if the use of whips was something the Biden administration permitted. Asked if the agent should be fired, Psaki said, "Of course they should never be able to do it again." The DHS secretary was joined by Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, who defended his agency's use of horses, saying they "play an integral part in the security response."
Persons: Jen Psaki, Psaki, Paul Ratje, Biden, Alejandro Mayorkas, Mayorkas, Raul Ortiz, " Ortiz Organizations: White, Border Patrol, Sunday, El Paso Times, Reuters, Security, Del Locations: Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, Del Rio , Texas
Starting in early November, foreign nationals will be allowed to fly into the U.S. if they are fully vaccinated and able to show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound flight, said White House Covid coordinator Jeffrey Zients. The requirement will ease travel restrictions that limited entry into the United States in many cases for non-citizens who had recently been in 33 countries, including many European nations and the U.K., regardless of vaccination status. While there is still no vaccination requirement for domestic air travel, Zients said nothing is off the table. Zients didn't detail what vaccines will qualify and what would constitute as fully vaccinated and said the CDC would provide further details. The new policy applies only to air travel and not land border crossings, which have been closed to non-essential travel between Canada and Mexico.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Jeffrey Zients, Zients Organizations: Foreign, CDC Locations: U.S, United States, Canada, Mexico
Dr. Fauci says that people should not get booster shots until they are eligible. The comments come after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused to back booster shots for everybody aged 16 or above. As Insider and others have previously reported, Americans had been seeking booster shots before their approval. Confusing messaging around the booster roll outAmericans couldn't be blamed for being confused over the messaging around boosters. The White House had planned for booster shots to be rolled out for most Americans by Sept 20, with people getting a booster eight months after they were fully vaccinated.
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The Biden family cat has yet to arrive in the White House, according to First Lady Jill Biden. The first lady told The New York Times that the family dog, Major, has made it an "issue." Major bit multiple Secret Service agents in what the White House has loosely described as "biting incidents" with minimal details. The German Shepherd has since had "additional training" to help him adjust to the added stress and hyper-surveillance of White House life. The only other White House cat in recent memory was Socks Clinton, who was the subject of several iconic photos taken over the course of her time in the White House.
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The White House rejected the idea of minting a coin to circumvent Congress and avoid a default if necessary. "There is only one viable option to deal with the debt limit: Congress needs to increase or suspend it," a White House spokesman said. Experts say the Treasury Department has the ability to mint a coin of any denomination, and theoretically use it to avert default. It closes off one avenue for the White House to defuse the tension as lawmakers barreled towards a potentially devastating default. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen implored Congress in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Sunday to take action on the debt ceiling.
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Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy praised White House press secretary Jen Psaki's professionalism. "It never feels like I'm getting smacked down or vice versa," Doocy told The New York Times. "It never feels like I'm getting smacked down or vice versa," Doocy told The Times. Doocy and Psaki's praise for each other might come as a surprise to viewers of their briefing room exchanges. The Fox correspondent regularly asks Psaki pointed — and sometimes misleading or disingenuous – questions, which Psaki sometimes condemns.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki takes questions during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth FrantzWASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that footage appearing to show border patrol agents using whips against Haitian migrants coming into the United States from Mexico was unacceptable and not appropriate. I can't imagine what context would make that appropriate," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. "I don't think anyone seeing that footage would think it was acceptable or appropriate," she said. Reporting by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jen Psaki, Elizabeth Frantz WASHINGTON, Steve Holland, Jeff Mason, Chris Reese Organizations: White, Press, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, United States, Mexico
A US Border Patrol agent on horseback yelled "this is why your country's shit" at Haitian migrants. Haitian migrants were seen in a video crossing the Rio Grande on the way to a camp in Texas. The Border Patrol agent used the horse to try to drive the migrants back across the river. In the video, a group of Haitian migrants — identified by reporter John Holman as a family — huddles together as the unidentified Border Patrol agent points back across the Rio Grande river. A different Border Patrol agent on horseback agent swings the horse's reins at another migrant as the man in the group is forced away into the river.
Persons: Al Jazeera, , John Holman, Ilhan Omar, Jen Psaki, hasn't Organizations: Border Patrol, Service, Border, Customs, Del, White House Press Locations: Rio Grande, Texas, Rio, Mexico
Live Covid Live Updates: Vaccine Uptake Among Young Children Looms as a Major Question The F.D.A. The Biden Administration plans to lift restrictions on vaccinated international travelers in November. Nearly 30,000 children were hospitalized for Covid in August; the least vaccinated states reported the highest rates. The Biden administration will lift restrictions on fully vaccinated international travelers in November. They will need to test negative for the coronavirus one day before traveling to the United States and show proof that they have bought a test to take after arriving in the United States, Mr. Zients said.
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The response from the president and his top aides, according to Mr. Morial, has been muted. “You don’t get much of a response,” he said. “I think there’s a reluctance to telegraph future moves.”Mr. Biden has used soaring language to match the base’s passion on certain issues. “Every life that is taken by a bullet pierces the soul of our nation,” the president said in May after a mass shooting in San Jose, Calif. He also referred to gun violence in America as an “epidemic” that required urgent action.
Persons: Morial, , , Mr, Biden, Jen Psaki Organizations: Calif, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives, Democratic, White House, Senate Locations: San Jose, America, Texas
WASHINGTON — This is the week President Joe Biden had flagged for the launch of a massive coronavirus booster campaign that would eventually reach every vaccinated individual in the country. Instead, he's facing a booster effort bogged down in criticism and confusion at home and abroad. Once again, Biden found himself taking heat for an artificial deadline, with medical experts questioning the decision to put a public timeline on the widespread availability of booster shots. Although Biden announced the booster plan and timeline during a televised address, White House officials have sought to distance him from the effort in recent days, stressing that the decision was one made by his top health officials, including the acting FDA commissioner and CDC director. “We have always said that this initial plan would be contingent on the FDA and the CDC’s independent evaluation,” he said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, , Celine Gounder, ” Biden, Vivek Murthy, , Jeffrey Zients, Leana Wen, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “ I’m Organizations: FDA, White, World Health Organization, WHO, Washington Post, Pfizer Locations: U.S, Baltimore, Israel, Germany, New York
His story breaks down why Mailchimp staffers are furious over its $12 billion sale to Intuit. Since his story published, Ben's been hearing from employees at other companies who say they're in the same position as those Mailchimp employees, along with people at different companies who say they're the "anti-Mailchimp." Kimberly White/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/InsiderFinancial software giant Intuit recently announced a $12 billion deal to buy Mailchimp, infuriating current and former employees of the email marketing platform. However, as correspondent Ben Bergman reports, the two founders are now walking away with $5 billion each and employees feel jilted. "One plus of working at a VC-backed startup is that employees at these startups tend to get equity," Ben said.
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