Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sign executive order on economy
President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a Trump-era policy that blocked most green card applicants from entering the US.
Mr Trump issued the ban last year, saying it was needed to protect workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However the President rejected that reasoning and rescinded the visa ban, saying it had prevented families from reuniting in the United States and harmed US businesses.
It comes as under-fire Senator Ted Cruz has suffered a considerable drop in poll ratings after his controversial family trip to Cancun while Texas suffered from mass power outages and water shortages after temperatures plummeted below zero.
Around 53 per cent of Republicans approved of the way Mr Cruz is handling his job, a 23 percentage point decline from his ratings in January, according to a Yahoo/YouGov poll released on Wednesday.
Obama backs reparations for the first time and slams ‘politics of white resistance’
Barack Obama backed the reparation of Black Americans for the first time, calling it “justified” but blamed “politics of white resistance and resentment” as the reason for not being able to push it during his presidency.
Shweta Sharma has the full story
Joe Middleton25 February 2021 13:12
GOP rallies against Democrats’ pandemic relief package
President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill is unlikely to get any Republican votes, but the Democrats are poised to push the sweeping package through the House on Friday.
By late Wednesday, not one Republican in either chamber had publicly said he or she would back the legislation.
“I haven’t seen a Republican yet that’s found something in there that they agree with,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
“I think all Republicans believe in three simple things: They want a bill that puts us back to work, back to school and back to health. This bill is too costly, too corrupt and too liberal.”
The hardening opposition suggested that Biden’s first major legislative initiative could encounter unanimous GOP opposition, but Democrats showed no signs of backing down.
“If congressional Republicans want to oppose all that, my response is: Good luck,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor.
Additional reporting by AP
Joe Middleton25 February 2021 12:45
CPAC kicks off today – here is everything you need to know
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) opens today in Orlando, Florida, with former president Donald Trump expected to take to the stage on Sunday for the first time since leaving the White House.
The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad has compiled everything you’ll want to know about the four-day event.
Joe Middleton25 February 2021 12:29
‘I would do it again tomorrow’
A Kentucky couple has been arrested for their alleged involvement in last month’s Capitol riots after the woman boasted in a TV interview that she would have no hesitation doing it again.
Lori Ann Vinson and Thomas Roy Vinson were arrested on Wednesday on charges of entering the building, demonstrating and disruptive conduct in the Capitol on the day of riots.
Ms Vinson told 14News on 14 January, according to the criminal complaint: “I would do it again tomorrow. I felt like I’ve done nothing wrong and I wouldn’t change it.”
Joe Middleton25 February 2021 12:06
California ‘becomes first state to pass 50,000 Covid deaths’
California has become the first state to pass 50,000 deaths from coronavirus, according to reports from NBC News.
The Sunshine State also has the largest number of infections in the country, with 3.5 million people having been afflicted with the virus.
It comes after the nation passed the grim 500,000 death toll milestone on Sunday, with President Biden making it clear that dealing with Covid was one of his top priorities when coming…