In a move to reverse the tough policies on migrants of his predecessor, Donald Trump, President Joe Biden issued an executive order to halt to some deportations of undocumented immigrants for 100 days. A new Biden administration memo says the move was to ’ensure we have a fair and effective immigration enforcement system focused on protecting national security, border security and public safety.’
The record making run of the Powerball jackpot came to an end, with one winning ticket sold in Maryland. The $730 million prize was the fourth largest in the history of the game, and the fifth largest in the history of US lottery. The winning numbers were 40, 53, 60, 68, 69 and Powerball 22. The identity of Wednesday’s earnings might never be known since Maryland allows winners to remain anonymous
A Kaiser Health News study has revealed that black Americans are receiving fewer Covid-19 vaccinations than white Americans, in at least 16 states. In the 16 states that released data by race, it was seen that white residents got the vaccine at significantly higher rates than black residents. In Pennsylvania, the discrepancy was a staggering 1.3% to 0.3% in favor of white residents.
One of the first priorities of President Joe Biden would be to sign an executive order urging Americans to wear masks for 100 days and requiring them on federal property. People will have to wear masks and practice social distancing on airlines, trains and transit systems traveling between states. While Biden’s order will urge states to enact their own mandates, most states have already done so.
Authorities reported that 23 year old Patrick Edward McCaughey III, of Ridgefield, Connecticut who was seen using a police shield to pin a Washington D.C. police officer against a doorway as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, has been arrested. The rioter has been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees; civil disorder, among other charges.
Nursing homes across the US are facing an uphill battle as they try to convince workers to get themselves vaccinated. The American Health Care Association, which represents for-profit nursing homes, estimates that about 50% of long-term care staff members have been hesitant to get vaccinated. Facilities have been trying to think of ways to convince workers ahead of the next round of vaccinations.
Vice President Kamala Harris will not immediately move into the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory in northwest Washington, D.C., that is traditionally used by vice presidents. The delay is due to the need for some repairs to the home. Now that Mike Pence and his family have moved out, household maintenance will be performed, and chimney liners will also be replaced.
Former President Donald Trump rescinded his own executive order from 2017, on Wednesday, which had prevented federal administration employees from lobbying or working for foreign countries after leaving their jobs. He gave no explanation behind the move, and the executive order was one of the steps he took towards fulfilling a campaign promise to ’drain the swamp.’
President Donald Trump granted clemency to 143 people, including his former chief strategist, Stephen Bannon. This comes just hours before his term as US president ends. The other prominent figures to benefit from Trump’s action are rapper Lil Wayne, Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy and former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick. Trump was reportedly advised on not granting clemency to Bannon.
On January 20, 2020, the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus was reported within the US. Almost a year to the date, on Tuesday, the death toll from the virus in the country crossed 400,000 with a total number of over 24.25 million recorded infections – making the US the worst-affected country. The current rate of Covid infections and deaths is the highest since the pandemic hit the US.
Cole James Bridges, a US Army soldier, was arrested in Georgia for allegedly plotting online to bomb New York City’s 9/11 Memorial, other landmarks and attack US soldiers deployed in the Middle East. Prosecutors said Bridges, 20, trained and guided suspected Islamic State fighters who were planning the attacks. He also allegedly trained ISIS jihadists specific military maneuvers to kill US troops.
The coronavirus pandemic has now claimed more than 400,000 Americans lives. This comes amid a huge surge in the rate of Covid-19 infections and deaths – the highest since the outbreak in the US. Latest Johns Hopkins University data show over 24,246,800 have been infected of Covid-19 in the country so far and over 401, 500 have died. The CDC predicts the death toll to reach 477,000 by February 6.
After arriving in Washington, DC following an emotional departure from Delaware, President-elect Joe Biden mourned for the Americans who died of Covid-19 infection, at the Lincoln Memorial. Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris was also with him. This comes just hours before Biden’s inauguration as president, which also coincides with the day when coronavirus deaths crossed 400,000 in the country.
The Mega Millions jackpot has swelled to an estimated $865 million, making Tuesday night’s drawing the biggest in more than two years. Meanwhile, rival Powerball isn’t far behind. Its jackpot is now worth an estimated $730 million, for which the drawing will be held Wednesday night. The Mega Millions jackpot hasn’t been hit since September 15 and the Powerball jackpot since September 16.
QAnon supporters discussed acting as National Guard personnel and try to reach President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration venue in Washington, DC, the Washington Post reported citing an FBI intelligence document. It said the FBI monitored people who downloaded maps of sensitive DC areas and discussed how to breach security. The agency also warned ’lone wolves’ may try to disrupt Biden’s swearing in.
Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State designee said Joe Biden intends to join Covax, an effort led by the WHO to develop and distribute a COVID vaccine to low- and middle-income countries. Currently, all countries of the world are participating in the initiative, except the US and Russia. Covax has already ordered 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with options for 1 billion more.
President-elect Joe Biden teared up twice Tuesday as he said goodbye to the state of Delaware, preparing to fly to Washington, D.C., to assume the presidency. ’When I die, Delaware will be written on my heart and the hearts of all of us -- all the Bidens. We love you all. You’ve been there for us in the good and the bad,’ Biden said addressing a crowd at a National Guard center.
A Texas man, identified as Guy Reffitt, with ties to a right-wing extremist group threatened to shoot his children if they told the FBI he traveled to Washington to storm the Capitol. ’If you turn me in, you’re a traitor and you know what happens to traitors … traitors get shot,’ Reffitt said to his kids, as per court papers. Reffitt was found with an AR-15 style rifle and a pistol on him.