Biden just reversed Trump transgender military ban – order allows ‘all...

President Joe Biden has just signed an executive order reversing President Trump's total ban on transgender service members.The order "sets the policy that all Americans who are qualified to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States should be able to serve. The All-Volunteer Force thrives when it is composed of diverse Americans who can meet the rigorous standards for military service, and an inclusive military strengthens our national security.""President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America's strength is found in its diversity. This question of how to enable all qualified Americans to serve in the military is easily answered by recognizing our core values. America is stronger, at home and around the world, when it is inclusive. The military is no exception. Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the military and better for the country because an inclusive force is a more effective force. Simply put, it's the right thing to do and is in our national interest."Developing... More to come.This is a breaking news and developing story.

Liz Cheney spokesperson tells Matt Gaetz to ‘leave his beauty bag...

Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-Fla.) attacks on Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) have drawn some sharp pushback from her spokesperson. Gaetz has been slamming Cheney over her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives, and he's planning a trip to her home state of Wyoming for an event as he demands she step down as House Republican Conference chair. Now, a spokesperson for Cheney is hitting back. "Rep. Gaetz can leave his beauty bag at home," a spokesperson for Cheney told the Washington Examiner on Sunday. "In Wyoming, the men don't wear make-up." Cheney, the third highest-ranking Republican in the House, voted to impeach Trump earlier this month for incitement of insurrection following a deadly attack on the Capitol by his supporters, saying, "The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack." Since then, Politico writes she has been "fighting to keep her political career alive." Before his planned Thursday trip to Wyoming, Gaetz said on Twitter over the weekend that he does "not want her job" and is "unequivocally" not "seeking a position in House Leadership" — but he added, "I also know Wyoming can do better." Cheney has defended her vote and her statement condemning Trump, saying, per the Washington Examiner, "All of us have an obligation to the Constitution and an obligation to do what we believe is right, what our oath compels us to do, that is above politics, above partisanship." In response to the statement from Cheney's spokesperson, Punchbowl News' Jake Sherman wrote that while it might be "easy to rag on people like" Gaetz on background, the "risk is someone on the fence is taken aback by this."

Sen. Rob Portman Won’t Seek Reelection

The Ohio Republican said it's a "tough time to be in public service," citing hyper-partisanship. (Image credit: JOSHUA ROBERTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Dominion Sues Giuliani For $1.3B Over ‘Big Lie’ Defamation Damages

The voting machine company Dominion on Monday sued former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani for defamation, seeking $1.3 billion for what it described...

Trump team was shocked Dr. Fauci would ‘dare to contradict the...

A New York Times interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed more about his quip during last week's press conference that saying "I don't know" is an acceptable answer in the new administration. Giving a briefing to the press Thursday, Fauci explained, with a chuckle, "You know, one of the new things in this administration is if you don't know the answer, don't guess. Just say you don't know the answer." The new interview with Fauci revealed the shock that the nation's top infectious disease expert would dare to "contradict" the president. "That's when I started to get into some trouble," the Times interview said. "The people around him, his inner circle, were quite upset that I would dare publicly contradict the president. That's when we started getting into things I felt were unfortunate and somewhat nefarious — namely, allowing Peter Navarro to write an editorial in USA Today saying I'm wrong on most of the things I say. Or to have the White House press office send out a detailed list of things I said that turned out to be not true — all of which were nonsense because they were all true. The very press office that was making decisions as to whether I can go on a TV show or talk to you."He said he wasn't exactly "taken to the woodshed," so much as a report would prompt Trump's chief of staff to "express concern" that Fauci was "going out of my way to contradict the president." He also noted that former economic adviser Peter Navarro "had a thing" about Fauci after a disagreement over hydroxychloroquine. It has been proven over the past year that hydroxychloroquine isn't helpful to combat the virus and it can cause problems for some who take it. Navarro was still pushing the drug as recently as Tuesday morning ahead of the inauguration. Trump, Fauci said, never told him to lie, but he did call and ask why he was "so negative" and told him to be "more positive" about the global pandemic, which has no claimed over 400,000 lives. Many conservatives are still spreading the myth that Dr. Fauci spent the first months of the pandemic lying to people not to wear masks. It's a misunderstanding that conspiracy theorists have taken hold of to attack Fauci. Even Meghan McCain has repeated the false claim her show "The View" as recently as last week. "I was lied to!" she proclaimed, incorrectly. In fact, those early days were prior to Trump using the Defense Production Act to increase the personal protective equipment available to healthcare workers. At that time, there weren't enough masks for those on the front lines and there was a very real concern about a shortage that could take down those we needed most. It was the reason that so many people began making masks and shields for healthcare workers through March and April. Read the full interview with Fauci at the New York Times. New York Times.

Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron vow to fight climate change, coronavirus pandemic

PARIS — After increasingly strained U.S.-France relations under Donald Trump, President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Sunday to work closely together to fight the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Their first conversation since Biden's inauguration aimed at mending frayed ties between the historic allies. Biden "stressed his ...