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Former Trump aide says Texas power outages are consequence of electing Biden

Joe Biden will mark the US crossing 500,000 Covid deaths with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House.

The country is expected to pass the grim milestone on Monday, just over a year after the first confirmed US fatality due to the novel coronavirus.

The White House said Mr Biden would deliver remarks at sunset to honour those who lost their lives. He will be joined by first lady Jill Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff.

It comes as Donald Trump prepares to give his first speech since leaving the White House, in which he is expected to signal that he remains the GOP’s “presumptive 2024 nominee”, according to Axios.

The former president will make the reported “show of force” at the annual CPAC conference for conservatives on Sunday.

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Dominion files defamation lawsuit against Trump ally Mike Lindell

Lawyers for Dominion Voting, a voting systems company falsely accused by Donald Trump and allies of involvement in election fraud, have said the firm has filed a defamation lawsuit against MyPillow chief Mikel Lindell.

Mr Lindell, one of Mr Trump’s most high profile allies, was responsible for much of the misinformation that percolated in right-wing media following Mr Trump’s defeat by President Joe Biden.

“Despite repeated warnings and efforts to share the facts with him, Mr Lindell has continued to maliciously spread false claims about Dominion,” said John Poulos, CEO of Dominion.

Tom Embury-Dennis22 February 2021 14:59

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BREAKING: Trump bid to stop tax record being handed over to New York prosecutors declined by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has declined a request from former President Donald Trump to withhold his tax records from the Manhattan district attorney after New York state prosecutors sought his personal and corporate tax returns. 

The move serves a post-presidency defeat to Mr Trump, who has for years battled to keep his tax records private, and paves the way for a New York grand jury to review his long-sought financial records.

Tom Embury-Dennis22 February 2021 14:41

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Jeffrey Epstein ‘told reporter he had tapes of Donald Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell’

Ms Maxwell, who awaits trial on charges she assisted Epstein’s crimes in the 1990s, reportedly told a CBS “60 minutes” producer that she would not release tapes of Mr Trump without those of Mr Clinton before the 2016 presidential election.

The apparent revelations were made by Ira Rosen, an ex-producer for the CBS show, who released a memoir called “Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes,” which reveals details about his time on the award-winning programme.

Gino Spocchia22 February 2021 14:27

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Biden to stick with Tanden nomination despite lack of Senate backing

The White House has said it is “continuing to work toward” Neera Tanden’s confirmation as director of Office for Management and Budget, following the announcement senator Susan Collins would not vote for her.

Ms Tanden has a history of prolific, and often excoriating, tweets aimed at lawmakers, an issue that is causing problems for her confirmation in the Senate.

Democratic senator Joe Manchin has already said he will not back the former government official, meaning the Biden administration needs at least one Republican vote they are yet to find.

“Neera Tanden = accomplished policy expert, would be 1st Asian American woman to lead OMB, has lived experience having benefitted from a number of federal programs as a kid, looking ahead to the committee votes this week and continuing to work toward her confirmation,” press secretary Jen Psaki has tweeted.

Tom Embury-Dennis22 February 2021 14:04

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Trump’s ongoing popularity threatens Republican unity

Tensions over the future direction of the Republican party continue, with a USA Today poll on Sunday finding that 46 per…



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