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  • Joe Biden appears to mock Fox News reporter in hot mic moment – video
    on January 25, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Joe Biden has been caught on a hot mic apparently referring to a Fox News reporter as a 'stupid son of a bitch'. As journalists left a meeting, the Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy asked whether Biden thought inflation was a political liability ahead of the midterms. 'No, it’s a great asset – more inflation,' Biden appeared to respond sarcastically over a din of reporters shouting questions, apparently not realizing his microphone was still on. 'What a stupid son of a bitch,' he addedUS news - blog updates  Continue reading...

  • Ukraine: US puts 8,500 troops on alert to deploy to bolster Nato – video
    on January 24, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    The US military has put up to 8,500 troops on alert to be ready to deploy to Europe, potentially at very short notice, should the Nato alliance activate a rapid response force. It's the latest sign of US resolve in the face of a Russian military buildup near Ukraine. The Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stressed that no decision had been made on whether to deploy the troops, and that any such deployment would separate from intra-European movements of US troops to Nato's eastern flank, to reassure nervous allies. The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, told US citizens in Ukraine that ‘now is the time to leave’US puts 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid fears over UkraineUS news live blog updates Continue reading...

  • Outrage as Newt Gingrich says Capitol attack investigators could be jailed
    by Martin Pengelly in New York on January 24, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Committee member Zoe Lofgren: ‘I think Newt has really lost it’‘Walls closing in’: Trump reels from week of political setbacksNewt Gingrich, a former House speaker and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, stoked outrage on Sunday by predicting members of the House committee investigating the Capitol attack will be imprisoned if Republicans retake the chamber this year.One of two Republicans on the committee, Liz Cheney, said: “A former speaker of the House is threatening jail time for members of Congress who are investigating the violent attack on our Capitol and our constitution. This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels.” Continue reading...

  • Capitol attack committee has spoken to Trump AG William Barr, chairman says
    by Richard Luscombe on January 23, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Bennie Thompson reveals attorney general interviewsTrump complains panel is going after his children’Walls closing in’: Trump reels from week of political setbacksThe chairman of the congressional committee investigating the US Capitol attack and Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election revealed on Sunday that the panel has spoken to the former attorney general William Barr, a further indication that the inquiry has moved closer to the ex-president’s inner circle.Bennie Thompson told CBS’s Face the Nation that Barr, who was accused of making the justice department Trump’s tool but who resigned before Trump left office, had spoken more than once with the panel. Continue reading...

  • Texts show Fox News host Hannity’s pleas to Trump aide after Capitol attack
    by Martin Pengelly in New York on January 21, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    Messages said there should be ‘no more stolen election talk’ and ‘no more crazy people’ should be admitted to president’s orbitUS politics – live coverageIn the aftermath of the deadly attack on the US Capitol last year, the rightwing Fox News host Sean Hannity pleaded with a top aide to Donald Trump that there should be “no more stolen election talk” and “no more crazy people” should be admitted to the president’s orbit.Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, agreed – but to little effect. Continue reading...

  • Draft Trump order told defense chief to seize swing-state voting machines
    by Ed Pilkington in New York on January 21, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Unpublished executive order, obtained by Politico, among documents provided to January 6 panel after court rulingUS politics – live coverageIn the heady days between Donald Trump’s defeat in November 2020 and the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, an executive order was prepared. It commanded the defense secretary to seize voting machines in battleground states, as part of Trump’s “big lie” that the vote was rigged.The draft executive order, obtained and published by Politico, was never sent and its author is unknown. It was part of a cache of documents handed over to the House committee investigating the January 6 violence, after the supreme court ruled this week that Trump could not shield himself from oversight on grounds of executive privilege. Continue reading...

  • Mitch McConnell under fire after saying African Americans vote as much as 'Americans' – video
    on January 21, 2022 at 7:40 am

    Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell has been criticised after saying that Black Americans vote 'in just as high a percentage as Americans'. The comment came after Senate Democrats failed to pass voting rights protections in the run-up to this November's midterm elections that will determine control of Congress in 2023. A reporter asked McConnell if he had a message for voters of color who were concerned that, without the John R Lewis Voting Rights Act, they were not going to be able to vote in the midterm. 'Well, the concern is misplaced because, if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans,' McConnell saidMitch McConnell’s viral Black voter comments cause widespread furor Continue reading...

  • ‘What are the Republicans for?': Joe Biden says Trump 'intimidating' entire party – video
    on January 20, 2022 at 4:41 am

    US president Joe Biden has accused the Republicans of blocking his legislative agenda for purely political purposes, saying the party is more interested in defeating his presidency than doing things for the American people. Without mentioning his name, Biden suggested that former president Donald Trump was still in control of the Republican party, with members of Congress fearful they will be defeated in their primaries if they vote contrary to his wishes. Biden questioned what the purpose of the Republican party was during his a press briefing marking the one-year anniversary of his presidencyWinter of peril and impossibility: Biden faces hard truth at anniversary press conferenceJoe Biden says his administration has ‘outperformed’ in bruising first year Continue reading...

  • 'Do not celebrate. Legislate': Martin Luther King family on voting rights – video
    on January 18, 2022 at 7:31 am

    The family of Martin Luther King Jr has called for the passage of a law to protect voters from racial discrimination, while the vice-president, Kamala Harris, said the right to vote in the US was 'under assault'. As part of the annual MLK Day peace walk, the King family and more than 100 national and local civil rights groups strode across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge urging the Democrats to pass the bill in the US SenateHarris warns voting rights ‘under assault’ as family and activists honor MLK Continue reading...

  • Kyrsten Sinema blocks filibuster reform as Biden continues ‘fight’ for voting rights – video
    on January 14, 2022 at 12:47 am

    US president Joe Biden said he was not sure if his administration could push voting rights legislation through Congress, but he would continue fighting to change the law. ‘I don't know if we can get it done,' he said to reporters. ‘But I know one thing, as long as I have a breath in me … I am going to be fighting to change the way these legislatures are moving.' Earlier, Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema reaffirmed she would not support any change to the filibuster rules, effectively killing her party’s hope of passing the most sweeping voting rights protections in a generation.Sinema says no to filibuster reform and scuttles Democrats’ voting rights hopes Continue reading...

  • Joe Biden blames Donald Trump’s ‘web of lies’ for US Capitol attack – video
    on January 6, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    The US president spoke directly against Trump, saying the former president had created and spread a 'web of lie's that resulted in the deadly insurrection.On the one-year anniversary of the 6 January Capitol attack, the US president said his predecessor had refused to accept the result of an election, like no former president had ever doneUS politics: latest updates Continue reading...

  • Joe Manchin says he 'cannot get there' on Build Back Better bill – video
    on December 19, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who is key to President Joe Biden's hopes of passing a $1.75tn domestic investment bill, has said he will not support the package.Manchin has been a key holdout on the White House's Build Back Better plan, which aims to bolster the social safety net and fight climate change, and is the cornerstone of Biden's legislative agenda.'I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation,' Manchin told Fox News, citing concerns about inflation. 'I just can't. I have tried everything humanly possible.'Joe Manchin tells Fox News he’s a ‘no’ on Build Back Better in huge blow for Biden Continue reading...

  • VR experience offers journey into US president's nuclear bunker – video
    on December 14, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Nuclear Biscuit, a simulated experience, allows US officials to wargame a missile attack and see the devastating consequences of their choices. Players experience what the president would have to do in the event of a nuclear crisis: make a decision that would end many millions of lives – and quite possibly civilisation on the planet – with incomplete information and in less than 15 minutes. Here's a snippet of the game as completed by Julian Borger, our world affairs editor‘15 minutes to save the world’: a terrifying VR journey into the nuclear bunker Continue reading...

  • Bob Dole, former US senator and presidential nominee, in his own words - video
    on December 5, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Bob Dole, the long-time Kansas senator who was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, has died at the age of 98. Born in Russell, Kansas in 1923, Dole served in the US infantry in the second world war, suffering serious wounds in Italy and winning a medal for bravery.In 1976 he was the Republican nominee for vice-president to Gerald Ford, in an election the sitting president lost to Jimmy Carter. Two decades later, aged 73, Dole won the nomination to take on Bill Clinton, to whom he lost. Continue reading...

  • Donald Trump is gone but his big lie is a rallying call for rightwing extremists
    by Ed Pilkington on January 24, 2021 at 7:00 am

    The myth of the ‘stolen election’ – simple and endlessly repeated – is likely to be a rallying call for far-right terroristsWhen the back wheels of Air Force One finally lifted off the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday bound for Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s White House-in-exile in West Palm Beach, cheers erupted in millions of households across America and around the globe.Four years of screeching tweets and ugly divisiveness were over, and for many it felt like the hope of a calmer, more civil world had swept in. Continue reading...

  • The inauguration was full of exquisite moments: but what was the best bit? | Emma Brockes
    by Emma Brockes on January 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Apart from Joe Biden we had Kamala, Lady Gaga, Bernie’s mittens – and Trump suddenly seeming an irrelevanceIt started on Tuesday with nerves in the playground: why weren’t they holding it indoors? No one with sense, we agreed, had an appetite for spectacle, and our systems couldn’t take any more. Donald Trump was going, good riddance, but let’s not tempt fate; besides, on Wednesday morning we all had things to do. After a year of rolling crises, even New Yorkers were feeling meek and defeated. Let’s get this thing over with and try to move on.The most surprising thing about the inauguration this week – apart from the reminder that, when it comes to its national ceremonies, America is if anything even more camp than Britain – was the sheer, irrepressible joy of it. From the first minute to the last there was no containing this thing and nothing – not pragmatism, superstition, trauma fatigue or work – would get in the way of the feeling. “Bye bye Trump, that dummy,” said one of my daughters on Wednesday morning. And so it began. Continue reading...

  • How Amanda Gorman became the voice of a new American era
    by Liesl Schillinger on January 22, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Her recital at Joe Biden’s inauguration electrified viewers and sent the hitherto little known poet’s work to the top of the chartsOn Wednesday in Washington DC, a striking young woman stood at a podium on the steps of the US Capitol, surrounded by the country’s leaders, who were masked against the pandemic. She was unmasked, at a safe distance, so she could speak with resonance and force, spreading her enthusiastic vision without danger. She radiated joy, conviction and purpose as she declaimed the poem she had written to mark the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th president of the US: The Hill We Climb. Tears sprang from the eyes of many listeners, those weary and wary from four years of domestic discord, whether they sat on folding chairs at the Capitol, or on easy chairs in their homes. Hearing her words, they felt hope for the future.That woman’s name is Amanda Gorman. She is America’s first national youth poet laureate and, at 22, she also is the youngest poet accorded the honour of delivering the presidential inaugural poem. But despite her youth, Gorman’s assurance and bearing made her seem to stand outside time. Erect as a statue, her skin gleaming as if burnished, her hair cornrowed, banded with gold and drawn tightly back into a red satin Prada headband, worn high like a tiara, she evoked what poet Kae Tempest calls the “Brand New Ancients”: the divinity that walks among us in the present day. According to Greek mythology, nine muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, inspire creative endeavour, with five devoted to different kinds of poetry – epic, romantic, lyric, comic or pastoral and sacred. Gorman suggested a new poetic muse – one to inspire the poetry of democracy. Continue reading...

  • Insurrection and inauguration: Joe Biden's new political era - video
    by Oliver Laughland, Tom Silverstone, Nicolas Pollock and Charlie Phillips on January 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Following the US Capitol riot, Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone travel to Washington DC for the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration to find a downtown area under what is essentially military occupation and a city coming to terms with the trauma of Donald Trump’s final days in office. They speak to lifelong residents in the outer suburbs as well the US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who tells of her harrowing experience of the 6 January riot. Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton rails against criticisms of the Republican administration’s handling of the domestic terrorism threat'I didn’t know if I would make it out that day': Ilhan Omar on the terror of the Capitol attack Continue reading...

  • The Guardian view on UK-US relations: rebuilding with Biden | Editorial
    by Editorial on January 21, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    America and Britain are each emerging from disruptive internal periods. The alliance between them must be rooted in realism about the present, not fantasy about the pastIn British politics, everyone now loves President Joe Biden. That the UK opposition parties are foundation members of the Biden appreciation club is not surprising. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens all identify most naturally with the Democrats and thus with the new administration in Washington. But the changing of the guard at the White House this week has won strikingly broad support across the entire political spectrum too.Many Conservatives now take an enthusiastic view of Mr Biden as well. In some cases this is hard to believe – or forgive. Not long ago, many of the same Tory politicians who now enthuse about Mr Biden tried to bet the house on Donald Trump. Theresa May rushed to Washington to court him. Michael Gove conducted a gushing interview. Boris Johnson said he should get the Nobel peace prize. A US trade deal was obsessively talked up. Today, these same politicians are all friends of Joe and behave as if they barely knew Mr Trump. Continue reading...

  • 'You just can’t get everything you want': Bernie Sanders' mittens not for sale
    by Martin Belam on January 21, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Teacher who made inauguration gloves that went viral says she’s had thousands of requests for moreBernie Sanders’ mittens may have become the unexpected must-have fashion accessory of Joe Biden’s inauguration, but those hoping to steal the Vermont senator’s look are in for a disappointment. The teacher who made them and gave them to Sanders says she has none for sale.The mittens that sparked hundreds of internet memes were made from repurposed sweaters and recycled plastic by Jen Ellis, 42, a second grade teacher who lives in Essex Junction, Vermont, just outside of Burlington, where Sanders was mayor in the 1980s. Continue reading...