President Biden: Live updates on Capitol Riot hearing, stimuli and Covid deaths

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Two Senate committees are scheduled to begin an investigation hearing on Tuesday to investigate security breaches that have not prevented Trump’s fans from raging to death.

The joint interrogation begins at 10 a.m. and includes an interrogation of officials who were responsible for securing the Capitol during the attack, when Capitol police chiefs and members of the Colombian District Police called for reinforcements because they were overtaken as vice presidents. members of Congress gathered inside.

The meeting of the Homeland Security and Government Committee and the Regulatory and Administrative Committee will be the first time that on the day of the attack, the public has heard two of the Capitol’s top security officials, both of whom have resigned from the attack.

Paul D. Irving, a former sergeant of the House, and Michael C. Stenger, a former Senate arms association, were investigated when they reported that they had not acted quickly enough to call the National Guard. The committees will also hear Steven A. Sund, a former head of the Capitol Police who has also resigned, and Robert J. Contee, head of the Metropolitan Police Headquarters.

Tuesday’s hearing is the first in a series of surveillance hearings hosted by Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota and chairman of the Regulatory Commission, and Senator Gary Peters, a Democrat from Michigan and chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. with the best of Republicans on both panels, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and Ohio Rob Portman.

But already, the congressional investigation into the Capitol riot – the building’s deadliest attack in 200 years – has become political. Republicans are opposed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, proposing to set up an independent, bipartisan committee that follows the pattern of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, arguing that her blueprint distorts the body toward Democrats.

If confirmed, Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general, will be the first Latino to work as secretary to the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
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President Biden’s health secretary candidate, Xavier Becerra, will appear before the Senate committee on Tuesday morning, where Republicans are expected to face tough questions trying to paint him extremist and will use his reinforcement as a political miracle against Democrats. To be re-elected in 2022.

If confirmed, it will face a daunting task in leading the department at a critical moment, during a pandemic that has claimed half a million lives and caused particularly devastating damage to people of color. He will be the first Latin to work as secretary to the Federal Ministry of Health and Human Services.

Mr. Becerra, a former member of Congress who is today the Attorney General of California, has no direct medical experience. But in Washington, he has a deep interest in health policy and has recently been at the forefront of legal efforts over health care, leading 20 states and the District of Columbia in a campaign to protect the Affordable Care Act from the elimination of Republicans. .

Republicans and their allies in conservative and anti-abortion movements took advantage of Mr. Becerra’s protection with the ACA and supported abortion rights. Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, added it to Twitter on Monday, where he branded Mr Becerra as an “unclassifiable radical” in an entry that advertised a political advertisement targeting Democrats who support Mr Becerra’s ratification.

“Any senator who supports him will pay a price with the electorate,” Mr. Cotton wrote.

The Conservative Action Project, an advocacy group, issued a statement on Monday from dozens of conservative leaders, including several former members of Congress, and complained that Mr Becerra had “worrying results” in terms of “holiness-related policies”. , human dignity and religious freedom. “

In particular, they relied on his vote against the ban on late abortion, accusing him of “closing the scales for the planned parenting sphere,” a group supporting abortion rights, with his role as attorney general.

Democrats highlight Mr Becerra’s experience of leading one of the country’s largest justice departments through a particularly trying period. Senator Patty Murray, who will speak as chairman of the Senate Health Committee at Tuesday’s hearing, said in a statement that Mr. Becerra had “proven to be an introduction” and drew attention to his commitment to social justice.

“He has held companies accountable for violating Covid-19 safety rules and endangering workers,” Ms. Murray said. And he added: “Throughout his career, he has worked to represent colorful communities in health, immigration, education and more.”

Heading to Tuesday’s hearing, Mr. Becerra walks around Capitol Hill; he has met with at least 40 senators since Monday. Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden Transition, called it a “tested, trained leader” with “decades of experience in health policy,” including “strong results in the fight for lower patient costs”.

Tuesday’s meeting is the first of two confirmatory hearings held this week by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. On Thursday, the panel will examine the nominations of Dr. Vivek Murthy, general surgeon, and Dr. Rachel Levine, health secretary.

If approved by the Senate, Dr. Murthy will re-assume the general surgical role under former President Barack Obama, and Dr. Levine will be the first openly transgender official to win Senate ratification.

Manhattan district attorney Donald J. Trump is seeking an eight-year federal income tax return.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for the Manhattan District attorney to obtain former President Donald J. Trump’s eight-year federal income tax return and other records from his accountants. The decision sparked a long-running legal battle over prosecutors ’access to information.

Whether prosecutors find evidence of crimes also depends on other information not included in the actual reports.

The New York Times last year gave a preliminary picture of what awaits the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., as he collected and analyzed decades of income data for Mr. Trump and his companies. The tax records provide an unprecedented and extremely detailed picture of the Byzantine world of Mr. Mr.’s finances, which he has simultaneously boasted of and sought to keep secret.

An investigation by the Times found that the former president reported losses of hundreds of millions of dollars, spent years without paying federal income taxes, and came under the control of the Revenue Service for a $ 72.9 million tax refund he had claimed a decade ago.

Among other things, the records show that Mr. Trump paid only $ 750 in federal income tax in his first year in his presidency and paid no income tax at all in 10 of the previous 15 years. They also showed that between 2010 and 2018, he wrote down $ 26 million in “consulting fees” as a business expense, of which he appears to have been paid to his older daughter, Ivanka Trump, while she was an employee of the Trump Organization.

The legitimacy of the charges, which reduced Mr. Trump’s taxable income, has since been the subject of an investigation by Mr. Vance and a separate civil investigation by Letitia James, the Attorney General of New York. Ms James and Mr Vance were Democrats, and Mr Trump sought to portray the multiple inquiry as politically motivated, while denying the violations.

An empty classroom at a public school in Baltimore.
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The Biden government announced Monday that it will not allow widespread cancellation of standardized tests this year, but will offer flexibility over some high-stakes federal mandates.

Ian Rosenblum, the assistant secretary of education, wrote in a letter to the acting heads of state secretary on Monday that the Department of Education “does not call for a general assessment waiver” issued by the Trump government at the start of the pandemic. However, the department said in a statement that it encourages states to make wide-ranging changes, such as extending the test period for summer and fall, giving assessments remotely, and shortening their length.

The department also said it is considering applications from some states that want to waive certain federal requirements, such as the accountability provision in Federal Law K-12, the Success of All Students Act, which requires a 95 percent participation rate in the test. The class also authorizes exemptions from rules that would require states to identify and transform their least performing schools based on data from the current school year.

“These flexibilities and accountability waivers are designed to focus on assessments, to inform parents, educators, and the public about student performance and to help target resources and support,” Mr. Rosenblum wrote.

The long-awaited decision was mixed by key stakeholders.

The issue of standard testing has divided the educational community. Some educational groups, including teachers ’unions, also felt that testing students was cumbersome and impractical in a year that completely upset the education system. Other groups, such as educational equity organizations, believed that evaluations provided key data points to learn about the outcomes achieved by students in the epidemic.

In his letter, Mr Rosenblum also wrote that “there is an urgent need to understand the impact of Covid-19 on learning” and that “public assessment and accountability systems play an important role in promoting educational equity”.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Teachers Association, a powerful ally of the Biden administration, said that while the administration had “done an admirable job” in tackling the epidemic, it was a “frustrating turn when the administration is asking states to continue assessments in this turbulent school year. “

Ms Weingarten said the union supported “the use of locally developed, credible assessments that educators and parents can use as a basis for summer and next year’s work”.

A nationwide survey released by the National PTA on Monday found that 60 percent of parents were worried their child was lagging behind and wanted more information about their academic progress, and 52 percent of parents supported year-end testing this spring. The majority of parents also wanted to see changes and felt that the results should not be used against students or their schools.

“Country-wide evaluations are one of several measures that, taken together, will help provide a clearer picture of where children are and help parents effectively support their children to learn,” said organization president Leslie Boggs.