Biden news – live: President approves airstrike against Syrian militia, as police fear plot to ‘blow up’ Capitol during SOTU

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In what may have been his first major war-fighting move as president, Joe Biden signed off on an airstrike in Syria that targeted a structure believed to belong to an Iran-backed militia, officials told Reuters.

The strike may have been in response to rocket attacks against the US in Iraq last week, and comes as the US and Iran seek to re-instate their nuclear agreement, which the Trump administration scrapped.

Tensions are flaring at home too, as US Capitol Police believe militia groups want to "blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible" during Joe Biden's State of the Union.

Chief Yogananda Pittman made the warning in calling for the increased law enforcement presence at the Capitol ahead of the president's first address to Congress.

It comes as Biden revoked a Trump-era policy that blocked most green card applicants from entering the US, the policy aimed at protecting American workers was introduced during as pandemic lockdowns drove high unemployment.

Biden said the ban harmed businesses and prevented families from reuniting in the United States.

Trump, meanwhile, has given his tax returns to prosecutors in New York after the Supreme Court this week rejected the ousted president’s attempt to prevent them from being handed over.

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US conducts airstrike against Iran-backed militia in Syria: report

In what may have been his first major war-fighting move as president, Joe Biden signed off on an airstrike in Syria that targeted a structure believed to belong to an Iran-backed militia, officials told Reuters.

The strikes, carried out on Thursday, may have been in retaliation after rocket attacks against US forces in Iraq last week.

More details to come on this breaking story.

Josh Marcus26 February 2021 00:39

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Walmart pays ‘starvation wages’ says Bernie Sanders in passionate defence of $15 minimum wage

The Vermont Senator attacked the company, which made a profit of more than $15bn last year, after it earlier this month announced a wage rise for 425,000 of its employees by 13 March.

But despite the increase, many of the company’s employees will reportedly continue to earn the firm’s minimum wage of $11 an hour.

Graeme Massie with that one here.

Josh Marcus26 February 2021 00:22

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Mitch McConnell says he would ‘absolutely’ support Trump if he becomes the Republican nominee in 2024

Alex Woodward is here to fill you in on the latest development in the GOP.

Josh Marcus25 February 2021 23:57

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Florida lawyer wants to fly “Welcome Insurrectionists!” over GOP meet-up in Orlando

With the impeachment over, it might seem like many have moved on from thinking about the January riots at the Capitol, but Daniel Uhlfelder sure hasn’t forgotten.

Josh Marcus25 February 2021 23:29

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Anger as Florida lawmaker Greg Steube says transgender people ‘offend’ God

The debate around the Equality Act has revealed just how far apart the two parties are on issues of LGBTQ+ rights.

As lawmakers considered the bill this week, there was a taunting sign from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene put near a lawmaker with a trans daughter’s office, and a Republican congressman sparked anger when he suggested that transgender people are an “offence” to God.

Florida lawmaker Greg Steube made the controversial comment during a debate in the House on the passage of the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Graeme Massie has the scoop on that one.

Josh Marcus25 February 2021 23:10

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Most Republican voters believe 2020 election was invalid, poll finds

Joe Biden may have promised to restore national unity, but boy does he have his work cut out for him. To start, most Republicans don’t even think he won fair and square.

The majority of Republican voters believe the election is invalid, according to a recently released survey. The poll was conducted by R Street Institute, and found that 67 per cent of Republican respondents thought the 2020 election was invalid. Only 23 per cent of Republican respondents believed it was valid.

Graig Graziosi’s got more info on the not-so-United States.

Josh Marcus25 February 2021 22:46

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Biden raises human rights in call with Saudi king as intelligence officials to release report on Khashoggi killing

A White House report of their phone call on Thursday did not disclose whether they discussed the findings in the report.

We’ve got breaking news coverage of the call between the two major allies—and occasional antagonists—here.

Josh Marcus25 February 2021 22:21

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Biden has spoken with king of Saudi Arabia

President Biden recently spoke with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, according to the White House on Thursday.

The conversation, which covered topics ranging from the Saudi war in Yemen to countering Iranian influence in the region, marks a major departure from the Trump administration, which frequently worked with Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the king.

Earlier this month, press secretary Jen Psaki said the US would seek to “recalibrate” its relationship with the nation and mainly deal “counterpart-to-counterpart” between the two top leaders.

Josh Marcus25 February 2021 22:11

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Republican Ralph Norman’s effort to hold 30-second silence for Rush Limbaugh turned down

Republican South Carolina Representative Ralph Norman asked for 30 seconds of silence for Rush Limbaugh, the controversial conservative radio host who passed away last week after a bout with lung cancer – but was turned down. Mr Norman made the request as the House was considering the Equality Act which would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Limbaugh made a number of derogatory remarks against LGBT+ individuals during his long career.

Gustaf Kilander has more.

Josh Marcus25 February 2021 22:06

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Biden participates in the National Governors Association’s winter meeting

All the country’s governors are there, including Andrew Cuomo. The White House said earlier today they would continue to work with him despite allegations of sexual assault and calls for him to be impeached amid a covid death cover-up.

“The president has been consistent in his position, when a person comes forward they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, their voice should be heard not silenced, and any allegation should be reviewed,” press secretary Jen Psaki said at her daily press briefing.

“Governor Cuomo is also the governor of one of the largest states in the country, that has been one of the hardest hit with millions of people still suffering from an ongoing pandemic and economic crisis. Our focus is to continue working with governors from across the country from a range of states on how we’re helping people in their states.”

Justin Vallejo25 February 2021 21:48

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