President Biden Joe Biden House Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE is set to travel to Houston Friday to meet with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and local leaders after a rare bout of severe winter weather left dozens dead and millions without power for multiple days. The visit will mark Biden’s third official trip as president and his first to a disaster-stricken area. In addition to addressing the storm response, he’s also expected to visit a facility distributing COVID-19 vaccines. The White House says Biden will spend much of the day with Abbott, who has faced significant criticism for how the state handled the storm. More than 4 million people were without power for days as temperatures plunged below freezing and many were eventually left without water as well. Louisiana and Oklahoma suffered significant … [Read more...] about Biden turns focus to winter storm with Texas trip
Denver has been here before, with a Seattle-based corporate behemoth considering a move that could bring many high-paying jobs to the region. Remember Boeing Corp.? Denver came in third behind Chicago and Dallas to lure the aerospace company’s headquarters despite offering a $15 million incentive package. This time it’s Amazon, which announced last week it is looking for a city for a second headquarters campus. Though the online retailer is looking nationwide, a potential bid from Colorado gained buzz as The New York Times picked Denver as the leader among 52 cities in its own analysis. “It’s like being chosen the Super Bowl winner before the season starts. You kind of put a target on your back,” joked veteran Denver developer Bill Mosher. Still, Mosher, who has worked in commercial real estate for more than 30 years, said he believes Denver has a good shot. “I think Denver and all the growth that’s been taking place here — and the metrics The New York Times utilized — … [Read more...] about Deja vu? In preparing Amazon bid, Colorado officials learn from failed effort to lure Boeing
The U.S. military Thursday struck facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in eastern Syria, a decision the Pentagon said President Joe Biden authorized in response to recent attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq. "Specifically, the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups," including Kataeb Hezbollah and Kataeb Sayyid al-Shuhada, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. Here is a look at the history and some facts about the two Iranian-backed militant groups: Kataeb Hezbollah Kataeb Hezbollah, or "Brigades of the Party of God," is an Iraqi Shiite militia seen as the central nervous system of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force (IRGC-QF) in Iraq. Although the group was officially founded in April 2007, its leaders have been actively engaged in anti-Western, pro-Iran activities since the 1980s and expanded their influence beginning in 2003 following the U.S. … [Read more...] about Who Are Iran-backed Militants Struck by US in Syria?
AMMAN, JORDAN - Syria's army said on Monday the country's air defenses intercepted an "Israeli aggression" over the capital, Damascus, in the latest stepped-up bombing of Iranian targets inside the country. State media did not give details of what was hit by the Israeli air force in the latest strikes by Israel against Iranian-backed military targets inside the country in the past two months. Israeli military planes flew over the Golan Heights to hit select targets on the edge of the capital, an army statement said, without mentioning casualties but adding that air defenses downed most of the missiles. "Our air defenses are continuing to repel the Israeli missile attacks over the skies of the capital," the Syrian army said in a statement. Report: Israeli Missiles Hit Syrian Army, Pro-Iranian Militia Positions Along Golan Heights Israeli escalation against pro-Iranian forces in Syria and Lebanon in recent days could be a message to Tehran Israel's … [Read more...] about Syrian Army Says Air Defenses Intercepted ‘Israeli Aggression’ Over Damascus
San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a migrant armed with a .22-caliber revolver at an interior immigration checkpoint in Southern California. Agents assigned to the State Route 94 immigration checkpoint on February 24 observed a white Nissan Altima approaching for inspection. The agents conducted immigration interviews and identified the passenger as an illegal alien from Mexico, according to a tweet from San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Keitke. Wednesday, #BorderPatrol agents in Jamul arrested an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. The 22-year-old Mexican man was safely disarmed by agents after he initially refused to obey their commands. https://t.co/nOth0nBY9A pic.twitter.com/sjkCVEmNB5 — Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke (@USBPChiefSDC) February 26, 2021 The 22-year-old Mexican male initially refused to comply with orders from the Border Patrol agents, Chief Heitke reported. The agents obtained control of the migrant and conducted a … [Read more...] about Armed Migrant Arrested at Checkpoint near Border in California