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Video: US and Mexico ‘are stronger when we’re united,’ says Biden

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US and Mexico ‘are stronger when we’re united,’ says Biden

President Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador spoke on Monday about the common challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and immigration, highlighting the countries’ history of cooperation.

“Mr. President, this is what I know: The United States and Mexico are stronger when we stand together. There is a long and complicated history between our nations which have not always been perfect neighbors. with each other. But we have seen time and time again the power and purpose of our cooperation. And we are more secure when we work together, whether it is to meet the challenges of our common border or to master this pandemic. In the Obama-Biden administration, we are committed to seeing Mexico as an equal, not as someone south of our border. You are our equal. And what you do in Mexico and how you succeed has a huge impact on what the rest of the hemisphere will look like. “” It is a pleasure to welcome you. It is important that we base our good relations on constant dialogue, periodic dialogue. I know that our relations to the future will be even better. We are united by 3,180 kilometers of border. But we are not only united by geography, we are also united by our economies, our trade, our culture, our history and our friendship. I would also like to thank you after the call we had to want to base our relations on respect and equality. This is important for Mexico and we must continue to cooperate for a future development based on independence and autonomy, highlighting what our peoples represent for us.

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Video: Mayorkas sworn in as Secretary of Homeland Security

“Raise your right hand. I, Alejandro Mayorkas,” I, Alejandro Mayorkas “,” I solemnly swear “,” I solemnly swear “,” that I will support and defend “,” that I will support and defend “,” the Constitution of United States “,” The Constitution of the United States “,” against all enemies “,” against all enemies “,” foreigners and nationals “,” foreigners and nationals “,” that I will bear true faith and allegiance ” , “That I will bear true faith and allegiance”, “to the same”, “to the same”, “that I take this obligation freely”, “that I take this obligation freely”, “without any mental reservation”, ” without any mental reserve “,” Or the purpose of fraud “,” or the purpose of fraud “,” and that I will perform well and faithfully “” and that I will perform well and faithfully “” the duties of office “” functions that I’m about to step into. “That I’m about to step into.” “So help me God.” “Then help me God.” Congratulations, Secretary. Thank you. Congratulations to the whole family. Thank you. Congratulations.

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Video: Buttigieg is confirmed by the Senate

“Pete Buttigieg for the Transportation Secretary. Mr. Buttigieg, known to many simply as Mayor Pete, has demonstrated impressive familiarity with our nation’s full range of transportation challenges, challenges that are pronounced in states like mine, where projects like the Tunnel de the gateway are a national priority. I know Mr. Buttigieg is committed to working with members on both sides to improve rail and transit routes, and more, in rural communities, urban centers and everywhere in between. “We all know the candidate as mayor Pete, a man who basically came on the national scene as mayor from the Midwest who had a lot of enthusiasm for making investments in America’s future. So today we are considering his appointment as Secretary of Transport at a time when we need a lot of work on transport. And in my opinion, he is a young and energetic mayor who will help us usher in a new era of transport. Mr. McConnell. Mr. McConnell, ‘yes’. Mr. Romney, yes. “” Is there anyone in the room who would like to vote or change their vote? If not, the yeas are 86, the nays are 13. The appointment is confirmed. “

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Video: New York’s indoor dining room to reopen on Valentine’s Day

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NYC Indoor Dining will reopen on Valentine’s Day

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced that dining in New York City could resume to 25% of capacity as of Valentine’s Day.

Restaurants in New York City, on our current trajectory we can reopen indoor restaurants at 25% on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants want a period of time to be able to educate workers. They can prepare to eat inside, order supplies, etc. So we are talking about eating inside. 25 percent on Valentine’s Day. In the future, we are very excited about the possibility of reopening places with tests. The restaurants are open on Valentine’s Day. You can make a reservation now or plan a dinner on Valentine’s Day, which you offer on Valentine’s Day. And then you can have the wedding ceremony on March 15th, up to 150 people. People will actually come to your wedding because you can tell them with the test, it will be safe. Everyone will be tested there and everyone will be safe.

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How armed protests create a new kind of politics

How Armed Protests Create a New Kind of Politics Americans have often ignored the political implications of the country’s huge arsenal of private military-style weapons. Did January 6 change that? By Charles Homans

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How Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, sees Ohio politics and Portman’s Senate seat

Sen. Rob Portman’s announcement on Monday that he would not run for a third term in 2022 sent shock waves through Ohio politics and inflicted a setback on National Republicans who relied on Mr. Portman, 65, to easily keep its seat in the hands of the GOP next year. . In the afternoon, a crowd of ambitious Republicans circled the race, including far-right representative Jim Jordan, as well as a few prominent Democrats.

One of those Democrats was Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton. A 45-year-old progressive who campaigned for Pete Buttigieg in the 2020 presidential primaries, Ms Whaley has long been seen as a likely candidate for governor or the Senate. In 2019, she ruled her city following a mass shooting in which nine people were killed.

Ohio Democrats have seen the political tide turn hard against them over the past decade, and they have lost three governorate races, two out of four Senate campaigns, and nearly every other statewide election. , leaving Senator Sherrod Brown, 68, as a lonely Democrat in high office there. Although Barack Obama has won Ohio twice, Donald J. Trump won by eight percentage points in 2016 and 2020.

In an interview with The Times on Monday night, Ms Whaley confirmed her interest in running for office in 2022 and said President Biden must act quickly to bring economic aid to people in her state. The interview has been slightly edited and condensed for clarity.

What will it take for Democrats to get back into the game statewide?

We’ve all recognized, from the close governor’s race in 1818 and the tough presidential races, that we need to have a specific message to Ohio. So whether it’s a federal race or a local race, there is a message like the one Sherrod Brown delivers that resonates very well in this state. It is not necessarily a moderate. It’s a message to be very real and talk about the issue that affects the people of Ohio the most in the first place – and that is the fact that for three decades they’ve been working harder and harder and taking more and more late.

The real civil war in the Republican Party gives the Democrats in that state a great opportunity.

Looking back: Do you think Obama’s success in Ohio gave people an unrealistic idea of ​​his purple color, or do you think Trump’s strength there gave people an unrealistic idea of ​​his color? Red color?

I think it’s both, honestly. I think what people forget about Ohio is, it’s an economic populist state, and its economic populism is the reason Sherrod is doing so well here. When Trump said, “$ 2,000 stimulus checks for everyone,” I thought to myself, “Absolutely, I agree with Trump, that’s right.”

What people want in Ohio – it’s not complicated. They want to work and they want to be paid decently for this work. It is not rocket science. And for three decades, the two sides have not paid attention to it.

I think ’22 gives us a real opportunity to locate some of these issues in Ohio.

When you say “locate” – how much of an admission that, look, the national brand and national cultural orientation of the Democratic Party is just a big deal in Ohio?

Sometimes I get frustrated with the national message, and it’s not just the Democratic Party. Just, very often, the elitism that comes from the coasts. It’s a challenge.

Michigan’s Democratic message? That’s a good message for Ohio.

How does this elitism translate into the party’s political message?

This is what we choose to talk about first.

You know, I was in communication this week with John Kerry and Gina McCarthy about the climate change work, which we all agree on. But the key, for us, if you look at what Bill Peduto brought forward with the mayors of the Ohio and the Ohio Valley, the Marshall Plan for Central America – we have to bring these jobs to the center of the country.

It can’t just be, “This is great for the climate.” It’s also: “He’s an excellent job creator.” And that’s what we should be leading with in these states.

Are there things that the National Democrats are talking about that seem like it’s not even a matter of accent or angle, but it doesn’t have to be on the agenda – period?

No no. I don’t think there is anything like it. But I think what we do often happens in a way that doesn’t resonate.

One of the challenges of our party is that we have a lot of smart people in the party and everyone wants to be the smartest person in the room. And shouldn’t we be focusing on what makes people’s lives better, even if it’s an ordinary person’s idea?

Do you think Biden could have won the state?

Yes.

What would it have taken?

Not to be at Covid. We have not registered voters in the state. They [Republicans] made.

And then we didn’t make any contact with the voters on the ground, and they did. I’m glad we saved lives, don’t get me wrong. But it affected our participation in urban communities, it affected their participation in rural communities. We did nothing.

What do you think Ohioans need to see from Biden next year, if not the next three months, to …

They need the rescue package. They need to see that something is different and that it is changing fast. They need to see that they don’t have to worry every month whether or not they’re going to be bailed out at the last minute due to unemployment and eviction, even if it’s not their fault if the pandemic has happened to them, and they are working at frontline jobs that people cannot access now because the pandemic is raging. And that we support them.

Do you think they care that legislation like this is bipartisan, or do you think they just want it quickly?

No. They want it fast. No one cares what happens in Washington and who voted what. They just want it to happen, and we should provide it to them.

Where is your head on your options for 2022?

We will make the decision in the coming weeks. I got a lot of encouragement today, and probably all the Democrats in Ohio gave me their advice on what I should do, which was really cool.

Are the governor’s race and the Senate race on the table?

Yeah.

Do you expect to be on the ballot one way or the other?

I hope.

If Jim Jordan decides to run [for Senate], it is very likely that he will win this primary. We recognize that the soul of our state is at stake, and that is a motivation for all of us.

What would your message be to a Democrat outside of Ohio – let’s say someone on the coast – who looks at the results of the last election and the results of Georgia this month, and says, “Why are we bothering? us even in those states where we get our [rear ends] struck when there are states advancing in our direction? “

I would say there are four states that put Biden above, and they were collectively won by just over 100,000 votes. So you ignore this, as a party, at your peril. We won the popular vote decisively, but democracy is really at stake if we don’t pay attention to places like Ohio.

You watch the Senate, you watch our long-term game, and we still have a lot of work to do.

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Video: De Blasio postpones mass vaccination sites

On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said plans to open mass immunization clinics would be on hold and many appointments would be canceled or postponed due to the low supply of coronavirus vaccines.

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Video: Cuomo warns New York will temporarily run out of vaccines

We are out of allocation today, the allocation for weeks 1 to 5 will be used up by the end of the day on Friday. We may already be exhausted, frankly, Friday noon. And we are now going from week to week on next week’s allowance. We have 28,000 assays left in the state, week 1 through 5. If you add up all the assays that are not in state arms, it’s 28,000. The problem is, we’re administering about 80,000. doses per day. Okay, so 28,000 doesn’t get you through the day. Suppliers should only schedule appointments for allowances they know they will receive. In other words, in this confusing situation, the last thing we want to do is cancel the dates. Fine, so don’t make an appointment unless you know you have an allowance.

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Video: Press attaché pledges to bring back “ truth and transparency ”

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Jen Psaki led President Biden’s administration’s first press briefing on Wednesday just hours after the inauguration, vowing to bring “truth and transparency to the boardroom.”

“When the President asked me to take on this role, we talked about the importance of bringing truth and transparency back to the briefing room, and he asked me to ensure that we communicate on the policies of the Biden-Harris administration and the work it team does every day on behalf of all Americans. There will be times when we see it differently in this room – I mean, among all of us. Its good. It is part of our democracy. And rebuilding trust with the American people will be at the heart of our work in the press office and in the White House. “When will President Biden start making appeals to foreign leaders?” Who is on this initial list? And during the transition, he did not speak with President Putin. Does he intend to do this? And will he discuss retaliation for SolarWinds’ attack on the federal government? “On SolarWinds, we already talked about this, a little before its launch, should I say, today. Of course, we reserve the right to respond to any cyberattack at any time and in the manner we choose. But our team is, of course, right on the pitch today. They just get on their computers. So I don’t have anything for you to read or preview for you at this point. According to him, the way to bring the country together is to tackle the problems we face. And so that means pushing through this Covid relief package, asking Democrats and Republicans to take a serious look at this and discuss among themselves how to move it forward. And he’s going to leave the mechanics, the timing, and the details of how Congress is moving forward on their impeachment.

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Video: Former Michigan governor accused of negligence in flint water crisis

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Former Michigan governor accused of negligence in Flint water crisis

The Michigan solicitor general has announced criminal charges against Rick Snyder, the former governor, for “willful neglect of his duty,” saying he failed to protect residents during the water crisis in Flint.

“The water crisis in Flint is not a relic of the past. At this very moment, the people of Flint continue to suffer from the categorical failure of officials at all levels of government. Richard Snyder, former Governor of the State of Michigan, is charged with two counts of willful negligence, each of a one-year misdemeanor, for willfully neglecting his mandatory legal obligations under the Michigan Constitution and of the Emergency Management Act, failing to protect the health and safety of Flint residents. No one, no matter how powerful or connected, is above responsibility when committing a crime. “This case has absolutely nothing to do with partisanship. It has to do with human decency, resuscitating the complete abandonment of the people of Flint, and finally, holding people to account for their alleged unspeakable atrocities that happened in Flint all those years ago.

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