Tuesday - January 26, 2021
Politics: President Donald Trump Newsletter for Sunday January 24, 2021 ( 69 items )  

60 Plus Association: What Happens When They Won't Have Trump to Kick Around Anymore?
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Jan. 19 -- The 60 Plus Association issued the following news: "The kinds of people we need in government are precisely the kinds of people who are most reluctant to go into government -- people who understand the inherent dangers of power and feel a distaste for using it, but who may do so for a few years as a civic duty." - Thomas Sowell Trump Haters Wanted: The radical progressive left (and Democrats in general) desperately need Donald Trump and their hatred for Trump t  more

ABC News Announces New Roles in Washington
NEW YORK, Jan. 20 -- ABC News, a news division of Walt Disney Television, issued the following news: ABC News President James Goldston sent the following note to the news division announcing new roles in Washington. See below for Goldston's note to staff: All, As we continue our terrific reporting on the historic news from Washington, the transition and the start of a new administration and new Congress, I have exciting news to share about key players on our political team. Cecilia Vega will  more

Australian National University: Biden Likely to Balance Activist Agenda With Moderate Tone
CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 23 -- The Australian National University issued the following news release: United States President Joe Biden faces a more desperate situation than the Global Financial Crisis that confronted President Barack Obama, but Biden has also learned some crucial lessons from Obama's missteps, US politics expert Professor Wesley Widmaier says. "Even while Biden will be moderate in tone, he is likely to be activist in policies," the Professor and Head of International Relation  more

Center for American Progress Report Outlines Possible Flashpoints in US-Turkey Relations as Biden Administration Begins
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (TNSRes) -- The Center for American Progress issued the following news release: A new report from the Center for American Progress discusses the issues that could shape U.S.-Turkey relations under the Biden administration and outlines possible flashpoints that could emerge in 2021. With Turkey militarily engaged in Syria, Iraq, and Libya--and at loggerheads with Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, and France over Eastern Mediterranean maritime boundaries and potential energy resources--  more

Center for American Progress: Momentum Builds for Democracy Reform as Schumer Designates the For the People Act as Senate First Bill
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The Center for American Progress issued the following news release: The Center for American Progress applauds the decision of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the incoming majority leader, to designate the For the People Act as the Senate's first bill, S. 1. When this pro-voter, anti-corruption legislation is introduced in the next few days, it will be the Senate's counterpart to the House's H.R. 1 democracy reform legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. John Sa  more

Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics Statement on Trump Rescinding Ethics Order
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics issued the following statement: * * * In the early hours of his final day as president, Donald Trump rescinded his Ethics Order, allowing members of his administration to immediately become lobbyists or represent foreign countries by nullifying their ethics pledges. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement: "By rescinding his ethics order and letting hi  more

Common Cause President Flynn: Trump's Failed Presidency Stays True to Form Right to the End
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 -- Common Cause issued the following statement on Jan. 20 by President Karen Hobert Flynn: * * * The nation deserved far better than Donald Trump in the White House these last four, very long years. In his final day as President, Donald Trump only continued to show his disregard for our democratic process. Overnight, he pardoned a laundry list of corrupt and convicted politicians, political fundraisers, and rich private citizens, along with still more of his inner circle. T  more

Council on Social Work Education: A Time to Focus on Advancing Social Work Values
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Jan. 19 -- The Council on Social Work Education issued the following news release on Jan. 18: The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) welcomes the inauguration of Joe Biden as our 46th president and the historic inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris on January 20, 2021. This inauguration marks an opportunity to set ambitious goals to work with the administration to advance social work education and improve access to higher education. In November 2020, CSWE out  more

Environment America: Statement - President Biden Expected to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline Permit
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- Environment America issued the following news release: President Joe Biden is expected to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline upon taking office, according to media reports. This order would override President Donald Trump's attempts to speed up development of the pipeline, and it would put an end to construction efforts on the project. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has been expected to run from Canada through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. The plan ha  more

Environment America: Statement - President Biden Expected to Cancel Keystone Xl Pipeline Permit**
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- Environment America issued the following news release: President Joe Biden is expected to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline upon taking office, according to media reports. This order would override President Donald Trump's attempts to speed up development of the pipeline, and it would put an end to construction efforts on the project. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has been expected to run from Canada through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. The plan ha  more

Environmental & Energy Study Institute: Return to Paris Agreement Is a Key First Step for New Administration
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- The Environmental and Energy Study Institute issued the following news release on Jan. 20: The Environmental and Energy Study Institute's executive director, Daniel Bresette, welcomed President Joe Biden's executive order marking the return of the United States to the Paris Agreement. It was one of Biden's first actions as president following his inauguration today. "Rejoining the Paris Agreement is a critical first step to show our international partners that we are ser  more

Everytown Congratulates President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the Strongest Gun Safety Administration in American History
MANHATTAN, New York, Jan. 22 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, released the following statements celebrating the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Calling gun violence a "public health epidemic," President Biden and Vice President Harris ran on an expansive platform to reduce gun   more

Everytown for Gun Safety: Everytown Unveils Policy Plan Designed to Protect Our Democracy, Eliminate Armed Intimidation From Politics
NEW YORK, Jan. 18 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on Jan. 15 : Everytown and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, unveiled a new policy plan designed to eliminate armed intimidation from politics by prohibiting guns at Capitol buildings and grounds, sensitive government facilities, polling locations, vote counting locations, and protests on public property. These recommendations,  more

Experts at New York University Law Forum Analyze Constitutional and Criminal Law Issues Stemming From Capitol Insurrection
NEW YORK, Jan. 20 -- The New York University School of Law issued the following news: On January 15, at an NYU Law Forum sponsored by Latham & Watkins, Dean Trevor Morrison moderated a panel discussion among faculty experts that examined the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. Among the subjects considered were the potential criminal charges against those involved in the insurrection, the impeachment of President Donald Trump, the president's pardon power, the recent statement by the Join  more

Farmers Union Denounces Last Minute RFS Waivers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The National Farmers Union issued the following news release on Jan. 19: In its final hours under President Donald Trump's jurisdiction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued three waivers retroactively exempting oil refineries from their 2018 and 2019 obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The decision comes on the heels of the Supreme Court's agreement to hear a Tenth Circuit case that overturned three small refinery exemptions that h  more

Florida A&M Associate Provost Jackson Appointed to 1920 Ocoee Riots Review Committee
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Jan. 22 (TNSPer) -- Florida A&M University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news on Jan. 21: Florida A&M University (FAMU) Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate College David Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., was recently appointed to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Ocoee Election Day Riots Historical Review and Dedication Committee. A professor of history, Jackson has written and publ  more

Foreign and Security Policy: MEPs Call for Unity and Strategic Autonomy
BRUSSELS, Belgium, Jan. 21 -- The European Parliament issued the following news release: The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for Europe, which needs a stronger, more united and more assertive foreign and security policy, MEPs highlighted on Wednesday. The EU has to be able to defend its interests and values, and champion a rules-based international order that guarantees multilateralism, democracy and human rights, MEPs stress in their annual report on the implementation of the Common Forei  more

Franklin & Marshall: Faculty Panel Discusses New Biden Administration
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, Jan. 21 -- Franklin and Marshall College issued the following news: On the eve of Joe Biden's presidential inauguration, which followed a vote count contested by outgoing President Donald Trump and his allies, a trio of professors from Franklin & Marshall's Department of Government discussed Biden's incoming administration. The Jan. 19 virtual town hall was viewed by 275 F&M alumni and friends. Stephen Medvic, the Honorable and Mrs. John C. Kunkle Professor of Governme  more

Harvard Law School: For Prof. Ruth Okediji, 'Grievous' Capitol Insurrection Holds Hopeful Lessons
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Jan. 20 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: Reflecting on the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the vote last week by the House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump for a historic second time, Harvard Law Professor Ruth Okediji LL.M. '91 S.J.D. '96 believes recent events can reinvigorate American democracy and serve as a lesson for the world. "One of the international calls I received last week gave me an opportunity to consider   more

Heritage President Kay C. James on Trump-Pence Accomplishments
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- The Heritage Foundation issued the following statement on Jan. 20: * * * Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James today made the following statement on the accomplishments of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence over the past four years: "I would like to thank President Trump and Vice President Pence for the many successes they achieved for this country. Despite a global pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn, an agenda-driven media, and a Congress  more

House Minority Leader McCarthy Statement on President Biden's Inauguration
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, issued the following statement on Jan. 20: * * * House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden: "Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn in, taking an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. "I am grateful to the Capitol Police, National Guard, Secret Service, and all the members of law enforcement who work  more

International Press Institute North America Committee Condemns Attacks on Journalists, Urges U.S. to Guarantee Media Safety
VIENNA, Austria, Jan. 20 -- The International Press Institute issued the following news: The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, journalists and media executives for press freedom, along with IPI's North American Committee, condemn in the strongest possible terms the numerous verbal and physical attacks against journalists who covered the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Journalists were targeted by members of a pro-Trump mob, insulted, threatened and even  more

Medill Survey Shows Most News Industry Workers Believe Polls Are Overused and Unreliable
EVANSTON, Illinois, Jan. 20 (TNSRes) -- Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism issued the following news: People working in U.S. media believe 2020 presidential election coverage was generally fair, but they also think polling was overplayed and unreliable, according to the first-ever Medill Media Industry Survey at Northwestern University. The survey of nearly 1,400 members of the U.S. news media was conducted by Associate Professor Stephanie Edgerly of Northwestern University'  more

Michigan State: Ask the Expert: The First Amendment and Free Speech
EAST LANSING, Michigan, Jan. 21 -- Michigan State University issued the following news release: Nancy Costello, director of the First Amendment Law Clinic and supervisor of the McLellan Free Speech Online Library in the Michigan State University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and freedom of speech. The First Amendment Law Clinic is the only program in the country solely dedicated to the protection of student speech and press rights. In simple terms, what is the First Amendment a  more

Military Officers Association: Defense Secretary Pick Pledges to Rid the Ranks of Extremists
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- The Military Officers Association of America issued the following news: The man on track to become the first Black defense secretary says he's committed to getting rid of racists, extremists and other problematic military personnel -- a pledge made as federal investigators comb National Guard members' backgrounds for indicators of troublesome ties ahead of this week's presidential inauguration. Lloyd Austin, President-elect Joe Biden's pick for defense secretary, said th  more

Military Officers Association: It's Official - Lloyd Austin is the First Black Defense Secretary
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 -- The Military Officers Association of America issued the following news: Members of the Senate on Friday confirmed Lloyd Austin, a retired Army four-star general, to run the Defense Department -- a historic move that gives the military its first Black defense secretary. Senators confirmed Austin's nomination in a vote of 93 to 2. Austin is the second member of President Joe Biden's Cabinet to be approved, following Avril Haines as director of national intelligence on Wedn  more

N.Y. A.G. James Responds to President Trump's Latest Round of Pardons and Commutations
ALBANY, New York, Jan. 21 -- New York Attorney General Letitia James issued the following statement on Jan. 20: * * * New York Attorney General Letitia James this morning released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump using his presidential authority to issue 143 pardons and commutations in his final hours as president: "President Donald Trump started his administration with unethical behavior and he will end it no differently. "The 143 pardons and commutations, issu  more

National Air Traffic Controllers Association Grateful to President Biden for Revoking Former President's Anti-Worker, Anti-Union Executive Orders
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 -- The National Air Traffic Controllers Association issued the following news release on Jan. 22: The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today expressed its relief and also its gratitude to President Joe Biden for restoring many critical federal employee protections and union rights in the federal government by revoking three 2018 executive orders (EOs) issued by former President Donald Trump. Those EOs significantly threatened NATCA members' rights as federal empl  more

National Iranian American Council Applauds Biden's Repeal of Muslim Ban
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement on Jan. 20: * * * Only hours after being inaugurated, President Joe Biden will sign an executive order repealing former President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban, which prevented individuals from over a dozen countries, including Iran, from obtaining the visas necessary to travel to the United States. In response, NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement: "Today, we can finall  more

ONE Reacts to Biden WHO Re-Engagement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (TNSRes) -- ONE Campaign issued the following statement: * * * The ONE Campaign issued the below statement following reports that President Joe Biden intends to re-engage the World Health Organization, a move that reverses former President Donald Trump's efforts to terminate the longstanding US relationship with the WHO amid a global pandemic. Tom Hart, North America executive director at The ONE Campaign: "This is a strong signal of the Biden administration's commitment   more

PIRG: Statement - President Biden Expected to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline Permit**
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Public Interest Research Group issued the following news release: President Joe Biden is expected to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline upon taking office, according to media reports. This order would override President Donald Trump's attempts to speed up development of the pipeline, and it would put an end to construction efforts on the project. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has been expected to run from Canada through Montana, South Dakota and N  more

Pomona College: As Harris Takes Office, Prof. Sara Sadhwani Discusses Influence of Indian American Voters
CLAREMONT, California, Jan. 21 -- Pomona College issued the following news on Jan. 20: In addition to marking a historic moment for women, Blacks and Asian Americans, the inauguration of Kamala Devi Harris as U.S. vice president casts light on the growing role of Indian Americans in the nation's politics. Not only are Harris, whose mother was born in India, and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, whose parents both immigrated from India, very early potential contenders fo  more

President Biden Designates Ernest DuBester as FLRA Chairman
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 -- The Federal Labor Relations Authority issued the following news release: President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has designated Ernest DuBester as Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) Chairman. Initially appointed and renominated by President Barack Obama, renominated again by President Donald Trump, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to all three terms, Chairman DuBester has served as an FLRA Member since August 2009. He also served as FLRA Chairman from January to   more

Public Citizen Statement on S.1., Honorary First Bill of the 117th Congress
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- Public Citizen issued the following statement on Jan. 19: * * * Incoming U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today will designate the For the People Act, a bold package of campaign reforms, as the honorary first bill of the Congress, S.1. Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen, released the following statement: "Naming the For the People Act S.1 is a clear signal from the Senate and Leader Schumer that fixing the systemic problems of ou  more

Public Citizen Statement on Trump's Lobby Ban Revocation
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- Public Citizen issued the following joint statement: * * * In one of his last acts as president, President Donald Trump today revoked his own executive order requiring federal government appointees to sign a pledge to not lobby the agencies in which they worked for five years after leaving the administration. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, and Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president, released the following statements in response: "The revocation of the 5-y  more

Public Citizen: Big Tech Companies Donated Nearly $2 Million to Republican 'Sedition Caucus'
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 -- Public Citizen issued the following news release on Jan. 21: The political action committees (PACs) and employees of five big tech companies - Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Microsoft - donated nearly $2 million since 2016 to the 147 Republicans lawmakers who voted against certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory, according to a report released today from Public Citizen. Amazon and Google were the most generous givers to the "sedition caucus," contrib  more

Rep. Alma Adams' Op-Ed in USA Today: 'Convict Trump at His Impeachment Trial'
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- Rep. Alma S. Adams, D-North Carolina, issued the following op-ed published in the USA Today: This week, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) penned an op-ed for USA Today urging the United States Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike, to convict former President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial, and prohibit him from holding public office in the future. The editorial is available online here: https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/4212189001?__twitter_impression=true Rep. Adam  more

Rep. Babin Votes No on Second House Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 -- Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, issued the following op-ed published in the Washington Times: U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) composed his thoughts on the Democrats' decision to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, one week before he leaves office, and the divisiveness it sows in America in the following Op-Ed, which was originally featured in the Washington Times. Peak Democratic hypocrisy: Call for unity, then impeach Bringing articles of impeachment to t  more

Rep. Costa Issues Statement Impeaching President Trump for High Crimes, Misdemeanors
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Jim Costa, D-California, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, entitled "Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the U.S., for High Crimes and Misdemeanors": As an elected Member of Congress, I take the same oath as the President of the United States: "I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." I believe President Donald Trump violated that oath o  more

Rep. Fleischmann Statement on Inauguration
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tennessee, issued the following statement: * * * U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement on the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States: "In 2017 I had the honor of attending President Donald Trump's inauguration and in 2013 I had the honor of attending President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Sadly, this year, I was unable to attend the inauguration of President Joe Biden d  more

Rep. Guthrie's Safeguarding Therapeutics Act Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 -- Rep. S. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) released the following statement on the Safeguarding Therapeutics Act (H.R. 5663) being signed into law. "Before this law when fake medical devices were illegally sent into the United States, these fraudulent devices would have to be kept in storage or sent back," said Guthrie. "I introduced the Safeguarding Therapeutics Act with my colleague, former Congressman Eliot   more

Rep. Newman Kicks Off 'Marie on the Rails' Tour as Part of First Week in District
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- Rep. Marie Newman, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: As part of her first week back in Illinois' 3rd Congressional District as their new congresswoman, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (IL-03) is kicking off "Marie on the Rails," a week-long transportation and infrastructure tour across a number of cities and communities in the district. Throughout the week, Congresswoman Newman will join local leaders and transportation executives along all the major transpo  more

Rep. Roybal-Allard Issues Statement Impeaching President Trump for High Crimes, Misdemeanors
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-California, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, entitled "Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the U.S., for High Crimes and Misdemeanors": Last week, we experienced a tragic day in American history when President Donald Trump incited insurrection with irresponsible aggressive rhetoric that encouraged and incited a mob of his supporters to violently breach and defile the United Sta  more

Rep. Scott Comments on 59th Presidential Inauguration
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- Rep. Austin Scott, R-Georgia, issued the following statement: * * * Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) released the below statement upon Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being sworn-in as the 46th President and 49th Vice President of the United States: "This morning, I attended the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol to bear witness to the American tradition of a peaceful transfer of power, and I'd like to extend formal congratulations to President Joe Biden and  more

Rep. Waltz Helps Secure Funding for Florida Water Infrastructure Projects
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, issued the following news release: On Tuesday, Congressman Michael Waltz (FL-6) helped secure $250.5 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in President Donald Trump's Work Plan to help restoration efforts along the St. Johns County shore and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan which includes Indian River Lagoon- South. "Following the severe coastal erosion and flooding from Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, we have worked tirel  more

Rep. Williams Introduced a Resolution Prohibiting President Trump From Entering the Capitol
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- Rep. Nikema Williams, D-Georgia, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Nikema Williams introduced legislation (H.Con.Res.6) last week following the attack on the Capitol incited by President Donald Trump. The resolution prohibits the President from entering the U.S. Capitol at any time after his term expires. "President Trump has shown time and time again that he is a danger to our democracy and a threat to the country," said Congresswoman Williams. "His acti  more

Rep. Williams Statement on Voting for the Second Impeachment of President Donald Trump
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 -- Rep. Nikema Williams, D-Georgia, issued the following statement: * * * Congresswoman Nikema Williams issued a statement Wednesday following the bi-partisan House vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump: "I came to Congress to make a difference, defend our democracy and protect the rights of the American people. I never imagined that in my first week my life would be in danger due to the recklessness of a sitting President of the United States. What I experienced last w  more

Roundup: Texas Democrats Applaud President Joe Biden's First Series of Presidential Executive Orders
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 21 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: President Joe Biden said he will waste no time implementing a plan to restore the soul of our nation and build back our country better. On day one of his presidency, he is keeping that promise. Today, President Biden immediately put into action 17 executive orders. They include: * Calling for a nationwide 100-day face mask and social distancing mandate in federal buildings, on federal lands and by feder  more

Sen. Boozman Delivers Investments for Arkansas Water Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) secured investments for Arkansas water infrastructure in the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), legislation President Donald Trump recently signed into law. State water resource leaders applauded the senator's leadership to support Arkansas water priorities. Dennis Sternberg, Executive Director of the Arkansas Rural Water Association said, "We are very apprecia  more

Sen. Heinrich Commends President Biden Action on Immigration Reform, Continues Fight to Pass Legislation to Protect Dreamers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 -- Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, issued the following statement: * * * U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement commending President Joe Biden's proposed U.S. Citizenship Act and day one executive actions that reverse many of former President Donald Trump's most harmful anti-immigrant policies: "As the son of an immigrant, I know firsthand the promise that America represents for those seeking to build a better life. For our entire history,  more

Sen. Markey, Rep. Lieu Announce Reintroduction of Bill to Limit U.S. President's Ability to Start Nuclear War
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on Jan. 19: Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Ted W. Lieu (CA-33) announced their intention to introduce the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2021. First introduced in 2016, this legislation prohibits the President of the United States from launching a nuclear first strike absent a declaration of war by Congress. The bill comes following concerns expressed by Members   more

Sen. Reed Statement on Trump's Final Pardons & End of Divisive, Self-Serving Presidency
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, issued the following statement on Jan. 20: * * * After President Donald Trump granted another wave of pardons in his last hours in office, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) issued the following statement: "And so ends a divisive, self-serving presidency. "Donald Trump once again ignored Justice Department protocols and safeguards and instead wielded pardons to benefit himself, excuse injustice, and repay his unrepentant political cronies. T  more

Sen. Rubio Praises Trump Administration's DED Designation for Venezuelan Nationals in U.S.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to grant Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to eligible Venezuelan nationals currently in the U.S. Rubio has repeatedly advocated for a temporary solution for Venezuelans who cannot return home due to safety concerns. In addition to introducing the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status and Asylum Assistance Act of 2019, he also urged POT  more

Sen. Whitehouse Calls on IRS to Review Right-Wing Group's Non-Profit Status After Superspreader Events
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, issued the following news release on Jan. 19: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, wrote to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today to call attention to COVID-19 "superspearder" events organized by the right-wing non-profit Turning Point USA, including one held at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. The holiday gatherings went forward with total disregard for COV  more

Sierra Club: Trump Terminates Outdoor Equity Program in Last Minute Order
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The Sierra Club issued the following statement: * * * In one of its final acts under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of the Interior quietly eliminated the Outdoor Legacy Recreation Partnership (ORLP) program on Tuesday. Funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), ORLP exclusively supported parks and greenspace projects in cities, urban areas, and historically underserved communities, directing resources where they were most needed. Secretary   more

Significant Number of Americans Believe False Narratives About Validity of Election, Indiana University Surveys Find
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana, Jan. 21 (TNSRep) -- Indiana University issued the following news release: Joseph R. Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States today, but a series of Indiana University surveys found that a significant number of Americans believe false narratives about the validity of the election that he won. Six surveys conducted by members of IU's Observatory on Social Media, known as OSoMe, point to the influence of false information posted on social media in th  more

Statement From Congresswoman Herrell
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-New Mexico, issued the following statement: * * * Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) released the following statement on the outgoing administration and tomorrow's Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States. "I thank President Donald Trump for his service to our country and I applaud the incredible results he achieved these past four years. His successful tax cuts, repeal of onerous regulations, and energy dominance agenda lifted m  more

Statement From Rep. Mast on President Biden's Inauguration
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following statement: * * * I attended the inauguration of President Joe Biden with the backdrop of a dystopian-like Washington, D.C. where military outnumbered civilians by an unthinkable magnitude. We must be better than this as a nation--building our country up through a debate of words and ideas rather than tearing it down with violence. I did not vote for President Biden, but I am committed to working with him when we can find   more

Texas Democratic Party: No Pardon for Paxton
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 22 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: On his final day as president, Donald Trump issued pardons to 73 people, but missing from that list was Trump-loyalist, Indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Paxton is being investigated by the FBI for fraud and abuse of power. Paxton led Trump's legal stand against the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election without a shred of evidence election fraud had occurred. Paxton also spoke a  more

Texas Democratic Party: Ted Cruz Once Again Putting Politics Over People
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 23 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: Despite polling that shows an overwhelming number of Americans believe Ted Cruz should resign from office for his incitement of Republican insurrectionists' deadly attack on the US Capitol, he is still considering a 2024 reelection or presidential run. ICYMI: Dallas Morning News: Ted Cruz still eyeing 2024 despite blowback for riot, calls Trump impeachment 'petty' and 'vindictive': https://www.dallasnews.  more

Texas Tech University: Economist Available to Discuss Ramifications of Keystone Pipeline Suspension
LUBBOCK, Texas, Jan. 22 -- Texas Tech University issued the following news release: Michael Noel is internationally known as an expert on competition in the oil and gas industry. Following his inauguration on Wednesday (Nov. 20), U.S. President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the proposed 1,200-mile Keystone XL pipeline, marking the second time in a decade the project has been halted. The $8 billion pipeline is designed to transport oil from Western Canada to refineries in the U.S. Midwest a  more

U.S. Could Be in Early Days of Domestic Insurgency, Center for American Progress Column Says
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The Center for American Progress issued the following news release: The pro-Trump attack on the U.S. Capitol should not be dismissed as an isolated event by a group of rioters. A new column from the Center for American Progress argues that America could be in the early days of a violent political movement that will endure long after President Donald Trump leaves office. Left unaddressed, this movement could become a full-fledged insurgency that poses a significant and en  more

University of Bayreuth: 'Trump Has Always Tried to Weaken Democracy' - Interview With the Bayreuth Cultural Geographer Hannah
BAYREUTH, Germany, Jan. 19 -- The University of Bayreuth issued the following news release: Prof. Dr. Matthew G. Hannah's hometown is Washinton DC. He holds the Chair of Cultural Geography at the University of Bayreuth. We spoke with him about the division of the US, the events in Washington when an angry mob stormed the Capitol after cheering tweets and speeches by outgoing US President Trump, and asked him about his expectations for the handover of office on 20 January 2021 and for Joe Biden'  more

University of California: Latino Voters Were Decisive in 2020 Presidential Election
LOS ANGELES, California, Jan. 20 (TNSRep) -- The University of California issued the following news release on Jan. 19: A report published today by the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative determined that Latino voters were decisive in sending President-elect Joe Biden to the White House. The analysis of votes cast in 13 states is the most comprehensive look at how Latinos voted in the 2020 general election. In 12 of those states, Latinos supported Biden over President Donald Trump by a   more

University of Kansas School of Law: Study Urges Congress to Act to Ensure Independence of Federal Judges
LAWRENCE, Kansas, Jan. 22 (TNSRep) -- The University of Kansas School of Law issued the following news: Former President Donald Trump's removal of prominent officials not willing to do his bidding grabbed headlines throughout his tenure, but he also took less well-publicized steps to bring the federal bureaucracy under his control by dismantling key parts of the civil service. A University of Kansas law professor argues in a new study that these efforts, coupled with recent Supreme Court ruling  more

University of Michigan: Social Media Bans, Restrictions Have Mixed Impact on Potential Misinformation Following Capitol Riot
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Jan. 23 -- The University of Michigan issued the following news release: The amount of potential misinformation was impacted on at least one social media platform following actions to suspend or shut down thousands of accounts, including President Donald Trump's, following the Capitol riot Jan. 6, according to a University of Michigan measure of iffy content. Between Jan. 5 and Jan. 13, the U-M Center for Social Media Responsibility's Iffy Quotient on Twitter fell from 14.  more

University of South Dakota: Credit Hour Discusses Inauguration Politics
VERMILLION, South Dakota, Jan. 21 -- The University of South Dakota issued the following news: David C. Earnest, Ph.D., the chair of the University of South Dakota Department of Political Science, and Julia Hellwege, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department, discussed the riots in Washington D.C., the end of President Donald Trump's term in office and President Joe Biden's inauguration. "The inauguration is the formal embodiment of the democratic pillar of the transition of power," said  more

Vice President Returns to Fort Drum With Message of Thanks to Service Members
FORT DRUM, New York, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Army's Fort Drum (10th Mountain Division) issued the following story: Just days before leaving office, Vice President Mike Pence visited Fort Drum on Jan. 17 to thank 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers for their service and to express gratitude to military families for their significant contributions to the nation. "I am here to deliver a simple message to each and every one of you, on behalf of your commander in chief and every American: Thank you fo  more

Virginia Military Institute Commandant to Retire This Year
LEXINGTON, Virginia, Jan. 23 (TNSPer) -- Virginia Military Institute issued the following news: Colonel William J. Wanovich '87, commandant of the VMI Corps of Cadets since 2014, will retire at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. Prior to becoming commandant, Wanovich capped off a 27-year U.S. Army career by serving as professor of military science of VMI's Army ROTC unit, a position he held from 2010 to 2014. During his time there, VMI commissioned just under 400 Army officers and earned th  more