President Joseph R Biden Jr. 46th President of the United States

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Fixing more stupid things Trump did because he doesn't understand how shit works, President Biden moves to restore clean-water safeguards ended by Trump.

 

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The Biden administration began legal action Wednesday to repeal a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways, leaving them more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms.

The Navigable Waters Protection Rule narrowed the types of waterways that qualify for federal protection under the Clean Water Act. It was one of hundreds of rollbacks of environmental and public health regulations under President Trump, who said the rules imposed unnecessary burdens on business.

 

The Trump-era rule, finalized last year, was long sought by builders, oil and gas developers, farmers and others who complained about federal overreach that they said stretched into gullies, creeks and ravines on farmland and other private property. 

Environmental groups and public health advocates said the rollback approved under Trump has allowed businesses to dump pollutants into unprotected waterways and fill in some wetlands, threatening public water supplies downstream and harming wildlife and habitat. The Trump-era rule resulted in a 25% reduction in the number of streams and wetlands that are afforded federal protection, said Jaime Pinkham, acting assistant Army secretary for civil works.

The rule — sometimes referred to as “waters of the United States” or WOTUS — that Trump rolled back has been a point of contention for decades. The Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Michael Regan, has pledged to issue a new rule that protects water quality while not overly burdening small farmers.

 

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America's global image under Biden skyrockets compared to Trump, survey finds

 

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America’s reputation on the global stage appears to have significantly rebounded since former President Donald Trump left office and President Joe Biden became the commander in chief, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday.

As Biden is in Europe attempting to repair relations with America's allies, the poll found that several countries in the region like the current president more than the former. A median of 75 percent of respondents in 12 countries expressed confidence in Biden, compared with 17 percent for Trump last year, according to the survey.

 

In the United Kingdom, for example, 64 percent of those surveyed said they view the U.S. favorably, up from just 41 percent under Trump.

Similar favorability improvements of 25 percentage points or more were found in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, the survey found.

Of the 16,254 people in 16 countries surveyed in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region between March and May, more than 60 percent in each country said they have confidence in Biden to "do the right thing in world affairs."

 

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2 hours ago, murphaph said:

That's Sleepy Joe showing Johnson what the Irish sea border is going to look like.

 

In terms of the golden egg prize of a UK-US trade deal, it matters not a jot not if it were Biden or Trump, a deal will never pass the house if the UK are seen to be not taking the GFA seriously. 

 

What Biden being in the Whitehouse does do, is mean that it's very obvious to Brexiteers and leave-voters that a trade deal is not an possible unless the UK can act in a responsible way. Case in point, people like John Redwood can't just say in Parliament "Nancy Pelosi is not the President, it doesn't matter what she says. President Trump is our closest ally" when talking about a future trade deal - previously him and people like IDS, Bill Cash, Mark Francois, tried to make out that people like Pelosi and Boyle were insignificant "remainers" with no influence over a trade deal being ratified.

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President Biden also had British ancestors. 

"The year was 1820 when an English immigrant named William Biden first appeared in US records. A census listed him as a resident of Maryland, one of about 10 million people then living in the US. He was part of a growing community of immigrants who, in many cases, were lured to the country by the promise of a better life.If they stretched far enough, a piece of the American dream was within their grasp. Some 200 years later, another man by the name of Biden would chase that dream to dizzying heights."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57394351

 

Before the summit, President Biden presented Prime Minister Johnson with a unique hand built bicycle. It looks really nice.

"US President Joe Biden has given UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson a hand-built bicycle at their first meeting as G7 leaders in south-west England.

 

It was made by a small Philadelphia firm that was given just a few days to build a red, white and blue bike that normally takes months to construct.

 

Mr Johnson has often been spotted cycling around London.His own gift to Mr Biden was a framed picture of a mural showing the US anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass."

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57453840

 

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, El Jeffo said:

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Biden has let up the pressure on NATO contributions, screwed eastern Europe and allowed Nordstream II to go ahead without sanctions, and he seems okay with Germany resisting his attempts to get them on board with a unified approach to China. 

 

He is weak and she walks all over him.   She is not under pressure to concede anything or cooperate at all despite the fact that Germany enjoys the largesse of the US backed international system more than any other country outside of China.   

 

Of course she is happy.    If you are a US American, you shouldn't be pleased about your Head of State getting played.  

 

Come on, man.   

 

 

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"Biden reaffirms US commitment to NATO, cites 'new challenges' with Russia, China"

 

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President Biden on Monday said NATO is "facing new challenges," specifically referring to Russia and China, while maintaining that the NATO alliance is "essential" and "critically important" for U.S. interests.

 

From NATO headquarters in Brussels Monday, the president maintained that the United States is looking to have a "stable and constructive" relationship with Russia, while assuring that the U.S. will always "respond" in the face of Russia’s harmful activities, and will always defend its allies. 

 

"I think there is growing recognition, over the last couple of years, that we have new challenges," Biden said. "And we have Russia that is not acting in a way that is consistent with what we had hoped, and – as well as China." 

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, joining the president, said the meeting comes "at a pivotal time" for NATO, and previewed discussions on the threats both Russia and China pose

 

"I think that the Allied leaders look forward to consulting with you ahead of the meeting with President Putin," Stoltenberg said, referring to Biden’s meeting on June 16 with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, while adding that allies would also address China. 

 

"We all recognize that China’s heavy investments in military capabilities, continued coercive behavior, and their growing influence matters for our security," Stoltenberg said. "And we need to respond to that as an Alliance." 

 

"A strong NATO is good for Europe, but it is also good for America," Stoltenberg added. 

 

"It’s very good for America," Biden said. "It’s essential for America." 

 

Stoltenberg added that "no other major power has as many friends and allies as United States has in NATO." 

 

"I know that we can count on America and that America can count on Europe," Stoltenberg said. 

 

"I want to make it clear: NATO is critically important for U.S. interests in and of itself," Biden said. "If there weren’t one, we’d have to invent one.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-reaffirms-nato-alliance-russia-china:D 

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Biden sweeping up more of Trump's shit -

 

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Limetree Bay, a massive oil refinery in the Caribbean, announced Monday that it is ceasing operations following a number of catastrophic errors that rained oil droplets on St. Croix, sent residents to emergency rooms after noxious gas releases and raised fears among homeowners that their drinking water was laced with toxic chemicals.

The plant, which had closed a decade ago under a previous owner after toxic spills helped push it into bankruptcy, was plagued with problems from the start after the Trump administration granted it permission to reopen in February.

 

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President Biden fires Trump appointee for failure to adhere to the mission of his department

 

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President Biden fired Trump-era Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul Friday morning, for undermining and politicizing Social Security benefits, according to a White House official.

 

The president asked for Saul's and Deputy Commissioner David Black's resignation, the official said. Black agreed to resign, but Saul refused, so he was notified that his employment was terminated.

 

The Biden administration deemed Saul's actions as commissioner as "contrary" to the Social Security Administration's mission and to Mr. Biden's agenda.  Among other issues, the White House complained that Saul ended the SSA's telework policy, which was used by a quarter of its workers.

 

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President Biden cancels student loan debt for fraud victims of private schools

 

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The Biden administration is canceling $55.6 million in student loan debt for victims who were defrauded by three for-profit institutions.

 

The Education Department said in a Friday statement that it has canceled the debts of 1,800 borrowers who attended Westwood College, Marinello Schools of Beauty and the Court Reporting Institute.

 

Of the forgiven debt, the lion's share - some $53 million - will go to borrowers who attended Westwood College, which closed in 2015.

 

The school, which had campuses across the country, is accused of misrepresenting students' ability to have credits transferred to other institution between 2002 and 2015. In addition, it is accused of misleading students who went through its criminal justice program into thinking that they would be able to find employment within various law enforcement agencies in Illinois.

 

Haha! Devos is watching Biden come up on her fast.

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Seeing the writing on the wall, Mitch McConnell might go along with a central piece of Joe Biden’s agenda.

 

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The self-appointed “Grim Reaper” of the Senate, a minority leader who said just two months ago that “100% of my focus is on standing up to this administration,” has been remarkably circumspect about the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure deal. He’s privately telling his members to separate that effort from Democrats’ party-line $3.5 trillion spending plan and publicly observed there’s a “decent” chance for its success.
 

Other than questioning its financing, McConnell has aired little criticism of the bipartisan agreement to fund roads, bridges and other physical infrastructure, even as he panned Democrats’ separate spending plans on Wednesday as “wildly out of proportion” given the nation's inflation rate.

 

His cautious approach to a top Biden priority reflects the divide among Senate Republicans over whether to collaborate with Democrats on part of the president’s spending plans while fighting tooth and nail on the rest. Many Democrats predict McConnell will kill the agreement after stringing talks out for weeks, but the current infrastructure talks are particularly sensitive for the GOP leader because one of his close allies, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, is the senior Republican negotiator.

 

McConnell is aware of the conventional wisdom that he will ultimately knife the deal and is taking pains not to become the face of its opposition.
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“His problem is that many of his members like what’s in it,” Murphy said. “McConnell is going to have a hard time keeping his caucus together if he decides to oppose it.”

 

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who helped negotiate the bipartisan framework, was skeptical that McConnell would sink it, given that Democrats could simply then fold the failed cross-aisle deal into their larger partisan package.

 

“I don’t think it would be smart for him to do that, so I don’t think he will,” Tester said. “It’s better for them to pass the bipartisan bill and let the Democrats fight it out on the $3.5 trillion bill.”

 

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