Pentagon rejects DC request for National Guard migrant help
The Pentagon on Monday once again denied a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in dealing with thousands of migrants being bused to the city from Texas and Arizona. According to a copy of a letter to the city reviewed by The Associated Press, the Defense Department said use of the D.C. National Guard would be inappropriate and would hurt the overall readiness of the troops, forcing some to cancel or disrupt military training. The letter said the department also is concerned about putting uniformed military members in direct contact with migrants to provide food, sanitation or other support, saying the troops have no real experience or training for that mission.news.yahoo.com
Asylum seekers caught in political battle in NYC, Washington
Thousands of asylum seekers from across Latin America and the Caribbean are getting caught in the political battle over U.S. immigration policy after two Republican governors started sending busloads of migrants to New York City and Washington.
Suspects used anti-gay slurs and referenced monkeypox in D.C. attack under investigation as possible hate crime, police say
Washington, D.C., police are investigating a possible hate crime after two men said they were attacked by suspects who hurled homophobic slurs at them and referenced monkeypox.cbsnews.com
White House reacts to latest jobs report
CBS News' Debra Alfarone and Lana Zak sit down with CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes to discuss how White House officials are responding to the latest jobs report, the reaction to Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's nascent support for the Inflation Reduction Act and why White House officials have summoned the Chinese ambassador.news.yahoo.com
Pentagon denies D.C. request for National Guard migrant help
The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined to provide Guard personnel and the use of the D.C. Armory to assist with the reception of migrants into the city, according to U.S. defense officials. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the district may send an amended, “more specific” request, adding that she believes this is the first time a D.C. request for National Guard has been denied.news.yahoo.com
DC requests National Guard help with busloads of migrants
The District of Columbia has requested National Guard assistance to help stem a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants that have been sent to Washington by a pair of southern states. Mayor Muriel Bowser formally asked the White House last week for an open-ended deployment of 150 National Guard members per day as well as “suitable federal location” for a mass housing and processing center, mentioning the D.C. Armory as a logical candidate.news.yahoo.com
Governors' immigrant-busing strategy hits home for mayors
Two Republican border-state governors who are investing billions of dollars in immigration enforcement and spending hours at the podium blasting Biden administration policies have found indirect support for their arguments from two unlikely sources: Democratic Mayors Muriel Bowser, of Washington, and Eric Adams, of New York. The mayors’ recent overtures for federal aid came in response to Texas and Arizona busing migrants away from the border, a months-old practice that has been long on political theater but short on practical impact. Greg Abbott, of Texas, and Doug Ducey, of Arizona, their requests for money have bolstered the governors' narratives about immigration putting unusual strains on American communities, even though Adams said — incorrectly — Tuesday that the two states are paying migrants to go to New York.news.yahoo.com
Mayor Muriel Bowser says migrants along the border are "being tricked" onto buses to D.C.
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., says she has "called on the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people from really being tricked into getting on buses" headed to the nation's capital from Texas and Arizona.news.yahoo.com
Takeaways: Trump's conditional loyalty, new warning for left
A Republican who was backed by Donald Trump at the last minute prevailed on Tuesday in an Alabama Senate runoff. Meanwhile, moderate Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser won her Democratic primary, offering a fresh warning to progressives.news.yahoo.com
DC mayor's race reflects Democratic dilemma over policing
Mayor Muriel Bowser cruised to reelection in the nation's capital four years ago without serious opposition, and as the city enjoyed prosperous times, the main criticism of her policies was that Washington was growing too quickly, driving up housing costs and pricing out Black residents in an uncontrolled gentrification wave. One tumultuous term later, and with homicide and violent crime rates spiraling, Bowser finds herself in a reelection fight, fending off two challengers from the District of Columbia Council who accuse her of mishandling public safety issues and criticize her push to hire more police officers. “Call it sky blue vs. Tar Heel blue,” said Michael Fauntroy, an associate professor of policy and government at George Mason University.news.yahoo.com
Ted Cruz asks DC to conduct autopsy on remains of 5 unborn fetuses found in home near Capitol
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is calling on Washington, D.C., authorities to preserve the remains of five unborn fetuses that were recently discovered by police in a home just blocks from the U.S. Capitol.news.yahoo.com
A congressman compared COVID vaccine cards to Nazi-era passes. The Auschwitz memorial says he's exploiting the Holocaust.
Poland's Auschwitz Memorial, located on the site of the largest former German concentration and extermination camp, said Davidson's comparison is "a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decay."cbsnews.com
DC mayor pushes back after conservative media slams her for not wearing mask at wedding
Muriel Bowser, the Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., is pushing back against conservative media slamming her for going maskless at […] The post DC mayor pushes back after conservative media slams her for not wearing mask at wedding appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
‘Sick and Tired’: Shooting of 6-Year-Old Infuriates D.C.
D.C. Metropolitan PoliceWashington, D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee’s voice was thick with anger on Saturday night as he talked about the last victim of gun violence in the city: a bubbly 6-year-old named Nyiah Courtney, who was riding her scooter just before a drive-by shooter snuffed out her life.“I am asking that we all stand together and say, ‘No more!’’ Contee said. “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”Just after 11 p.m. on Friday, Nyiah was on the street with her parents and sistenews.yahoo.com
Biden balances fighting rising crime, reforming police
Facing rising fears of summer violence, President Joe Biden has embarked on a precarious political high-wire act, trying to balance supporting law enforcement to curb the rise in crime while also backing the police reform movement championed by many of his supporters.
Despite population increase, DC suspects a census undercount
Officials in the nation's capital are questioning the results of the 2020 census, which show a large boost in population but not as high as they had expected. The city government and members of the D.C. Council are suggesting an undercount — something that plays into local sensitivities, as Washington, D.C., has long bristled under its quasi-territorial status and is in the midst of a resurgent push for statehood. The confusion comes from the Census Bureau itself, which releases annual population estimates.news.yahoo.com
It's cherry blossom season, but DC isn't ready to open up
The 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington in 1912. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON – Officials in the nation's capital are watching the crowds as cherry blossom season begins in earnest. “We’re starting to open slowly,” said Cherry Blossom Festival President Diana Mayhew. “Cherry blossom season is our Super Bowl. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency on March 11, 2020, nine days before the Cherry Blossom Festival's start date.
Pelosi taps DC National Guard head to lead House security
National Guard troops were delayed in getting to the building as the rioters beat up police officers and smashed through windows and doors to get in. On Thursday, seven House committees asked 10 federal agencies for documents and communications from the government as part of a wide-ranging investigation. The Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Rules Committee have already held two hearings with security officials about what went wrong. The security officials described violent attacks on overwhelmed police officers and desperate pleas for backup. As the committees investigate, Capitol officials are improving the building's physical security, including reinforcing the House doors that the rioters attempted to breach.
Washington, D.C. mayor says residents have been "denied the fundamental right promised to all Americans"
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told lawmakers Monday the refusal to make D.C. the 51st state is "one of the glaring civil rights and voting rights issues of our time." Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (L) and Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) talk after a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing March 22, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing addressed H.R.51, the "Washington, D.C. Admission Act", an effort to make Washington D.C. the 51st state. Proponents argue D.C. statehood is necessary because the city's majority-Black and Brown population is disenfranchised by their lack of representation in Congress.cbsnews.com
DC's long-simmering statehood push begins in Congress
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, testifies at the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, on D.C. statehood, Monday, March 22, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. “We dare to believe that D.C. statehood is on the horizon,” said the District's long-serving, nonvoting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, who wrote the bill and said it has overwhelming support in the House. AdBowser spent much of Monday's four-hour hearing by the House oversight committee in a series of sometimes pointed exchanges with Republican committee members. AdBowser at the time quickly pointed out the ironies of Washington residents risking their lives to defend a Congress where they didn’t have a vote. “There's not a single Republican in Congress, in the House or the Senate, that supports this bill.”
As Congress prepares to take up D.C. statehood, national support grows
"Adding D.C. statehood and adding a state should not be about politics. Proponents argue D.C. statehood is necessary because the city's majority-Black and Brown population is disenfranchised by their lack of representation in Congress. She has urged Congress to get the statehood bill to President Biden, who has said in the past that he favors it. "For the members here today, how many of you saw D.C. statehood yard signs or bumper stickers or banners on your way to this hearing today? "I'm making good use of every time we do it to increase support for D.C. statehood around the country," Norton said.cbsnews.com
D.C. teacher denied maternity leave after stillbirth shares her story
D.C. teacher denied maternity leave after stillbirth shares her story Elizabeth O'Donnell, an elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C., was denied maternity leave last December after delivering a stillborn. Her story inspired a new bill signed into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser. O'Donnell joined CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss her story.cbsnews.com
Emhoff, VP Harris' husband, goes from top lawyer to teacher
(Erin Scott/Pool via AP)Vice President Kamala Harris' husband, Doug Emhoff, is getting settled in a new job teaching law at Georgetown University amid a high-pressure moment in U.S. history. Emhoff said his wife tends to be interested in what happens in the class, since she is a lawyer, too. AdMarried to Harris since 2014, Emhoff left the Los Angeles office of the law firm of DLA Piper after Harris was elected with President Joe Biden. Emhoff said he's grateful to be able to support his wife in her new role. Emhoff said he's talking to administration experts to learn the issues and not just visiting museums and libraries in Washington.
Read full transcripts of "Face the Nation" from 2021
Over a decade of "Face the Nation" transcripts are available online:2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020Looking for extended transcripts of our 2020 campaign interviews? And for the latest from "Face the Nation," bookmark our homepage and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. February 28, 2021Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesDirector, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee ChairwomanRepublican National Committee Chairwoman Gov. Deborah Birx, M.D., Former White House Coronavirus Response CoordinatorJanuary 17, 2021Rep. Adam Schiff, D- California, Intelligence Committee ChairmanD- California, Intelligence Committee Chairman Gov. Jim Justice, R-West VirginiaR-West Virginia Mayor Melvin Carter, D-Saint Paul, MND-Saint Paul, MN Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., Incoming CDC DirectorIncoming CDC Director Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA CommissionerJanuary 10, 2021Chris Krebs, former CISA Directorformer CISA Director Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MOR-MO Sen. Chris Coons, D-DED-DE Mayor Muriel Bowser, D-Washington, D.C.D-Washington, D.C. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA CommissionerJanuary 3, 2021cbsnews.com
Sister of Washington, D.C mayor dies of COVID-19 complications
The sister of Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has died from complications related to COVID-19. Bowser's office announced Wednesday that Mercia Bowser had died at the age 64 from "COVID-19 related pneumonia." CBS affiliate WUSA-TV reports Mercia Bowser served with Catholic Charities and the D.C. Office on Aging. The youngest of six siblings, Muriel Bowser, 48, asked the public for "the time and space we need to mourn the loss of Mercia." Hours prior to her sister's death, Bowser had already declared Feb. 24 a day of remembrance to mark the nation's capital passing 1,000 COVID-19 deaths.cbsnews.com
Biden marks nation’s COVID grief before inauguration pomp
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden look out at lights during a COVID-19 memorial, with lights placed around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. “To heal we must remember," the incoming president told the nation at a sunset ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. “Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights into the darkness ... and remember all who we lost,” Biden said. Biden at his Delaware farewell, held at the National Guard/Reserve Center named after his late son Beau Biden, paid tribute to his home state. ___This story has been corrected to show that flags on the National Mall represent people who couldn’t come, not COVID deaths.
Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark MLK day
Flags are placed on the National Mall, looking towards the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial, ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Washington. As Biden and Harris took breaks from their inaugural preparations to honor the civil rights hero Monday, outgoing President Donald Trump remained out of public view at the White House for the sixth straight day. Biden transition officials, including incoming Homeland Security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall and the deputy attorney general nominee, Lisa Monaco, held a videoconference with acting heads and career staff from national security agencies to discuss the security situation surrounding Inauguration Day. Even before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, inauguration festivities were expected to be muted due to the virus. Mayor Muriel Bowser urged residents to stay away from the city on Inauguration Day.
Securing the Capitol for the Biden-Harris Inauguration
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks with correspondent Scott Pelley in front of the inauguration stage at the Capitol. They're adding reinforcements and imposing a larger, earlier, lockdown around the White House, Capitol and National Mall. Scott Pelley: The military has taken the decision to give combat weapons to the National Guardsmen who will be providing security for the inauguration. He told us inauguration security planning has been going on eight months. On Wednesday, President Trump will not be on the podium — the first president to snub his successor's inauguration in 152 years.cbsnews.com
Washington D.C. mayor welcomes the military's pledge to ensure a smooth transition of power
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says she's glad the military has pledged its support for a smooth transition of power next week in her city, where an assault on the Capitol last week by pro-President Trump supporters resulted in the deaths of five people. Mayor Bowser, who has been busy overseeing her own government's efforts to secure next week's inauguration, commented on a statement from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. What we saw in plain view, were too many Americans who have pledged allegiance to Donald Trump," said the mayor, referring to the assault on the Capitol on January 6. But what we saw was an unprecedented attack on our democracy, in the cradle of that democracy, in the United States Capitol Building." of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Robert Contee and the incoming Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).cbsnews.com
Washington D.C. mayor welcomes the military’s pledge to ensure a smooth transition of power
Washington D.C. mayor welcomes the military’s pledge to ensure a smooth transition of power Mayor Muriel Bowser tells Scott Pelley it was “necessary” because “too many Americans… have pledged allegiance to Donald Trump.” See the report, Sunday on 60 Minutes.cbsnews.com
INAUGURATION EXPLAINER: Biden's event will be very different
The outgoing president traditionally attends the inauguration to symbolize the peaceful transfer of power. And there will be no inaugural balls for Biden, Harris and their spouses to dance the night away. But in the wake of the violent Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters, all semblance of normality might be gone. Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Harris and second gentlemen Douglas Emhoff will later visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The inauguration comes just two weeks after the insurrection at the Capitol by Trump supporters as Congress was confirming Biden's victory.
Trump supporters among those seeking Jan. 20 protest permits
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON – Supporters of President Donald Trump are among a handful of groups that have applied for permits to hold protests during Joe Biden's inauguration. But it appears unlikely their application will be approved as the National Park Service greatly curtails protests as part of a major security lockdown. Among them, was a group called "Let America Hear Us, Roar For Trump." On Friday Jeff Reinbold, NPS superintendent for the National Mall, said the two approved groups had agreed to each keep their demonstrations below 100 people. The park service on Friday closed Washington’s National Mall to the general public until after Wednesday's inauguration.
"A certain danger": Judge detains man accused of threatening Nancy Pelosi and D.C. mayor
A man accused of threatening to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser in disturbing text messages last week has been ordered detained before trial. A judge on Thursday said 53-year-old Cleveland Meredith of North Carolina would pose a "certain danger" to the community were he to be released. Harvey said he was especially concerned because Meredith drove from Colorado to Washington, D.C., with a cache of weapons and ammunition. U.S. Attorney's Office for D.C."You drove all the way across the country from Colorado, and brought with you the means to make good on your threats," Harvey said. Cleveland Meredith, accused of threats related to the U.S. Capitol riots, appeared to wipe away tears in federal court on Thursday.cbsnews.com
Virginia governor addresses security efforts in Washington metro area ahead of Inauguration Day
Virginia governor addresses security efforts in Washington metro area ahead of Inauguration Day Members of Virginia's National Guard have been deployed to D.C. ahead of Inauguration Day. Troops are posted around the Capitol and other parts of Washington. Governor Ralph Northam deployed members at the request of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser following last week's deadly riot. Northam joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss the ongoing security efforts and more.cbsnews.com
National Guard troops flooding in as Washington locks down
Members of the National Guard walk past the Dome of the Capitol Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – All through downtown Washington, the primary sound for several blocks was the beeping of forklifts unloading more fencing. The number of National Guard troops coming to Washington to assist with security has so far grown to about 21,000, Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Vice President Mike Pence at a briefing Thursday. National Guard members operate under strict rules of engagement on the use of force. D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee estimated Wednesday that more than 20,000 National Guard members would be active in the city on Inauguration Day.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser asks feds to cancel public gatherings before inauguration
Washington — Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday that in an effort to prevent violence during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, and in the days before, officials are discouraging the public from coming to the event and largely blocking off access to the streets around the Capitol. The city has also asked federal officials to cancel public gathering permits in the days before the event, but that request has not yet been granted, Bowser said. "We have asked Americans not to come to the Washington D.C. event but to participate virtually," Bowser said, comparing the plans to how New York City handled New Year's Eve. The streets during that event, normally packed with millions of revelers, were nearly empty this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the days since, federal officials have warned that groups may be planning more violence in the days leading up to inauguration.cbsnews.com
Airbnb canceling and blocking DC reservations during inauguration week
A woman talks on the phone at the Airbnb office headquarters in the SOMA district of San Francisco, California. Airbnb is canceling and blocking future reservations in the Washington, D.C., metro area during the week of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the company said Wednesday. It will also reimburse the hosts with the money that would have been earned from the canceled reservations. The FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington, D.C., and state capitals in the run-up to the inauguration. Ralph Northam, have asked people not to travel to the area for the inauguration, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and last week's deadly insurrection.cnbc.com
EXPLAINER: Why National Guard's role was limited during riot
Member of the DC National Guard walk around the U.S. Capitol grounds, Thursday morning, Jan. 7, 2021 in Washington. The original plans called for having a small National Guard presence with a limited role. Top city, defense, Capitol and law enforcement officials had to figure out what was needed and where it was needed. They also struggled to get the required approvals and then get the Guard members instructed, equipped and on their way. About 340 members of the D.C. National Guard had been requested by Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Capitol police were overrun, little defense against rioters
The revelations shed new light on why Capitol Police were so quickly overrun by rioters. One disturbing video shows a bloodied Metropolitan police officer screaming for help as he’s crushed by protesters inside the Capitol building. Still, they advised lawmakers to plan to use the underground tunnels that connect House office buildings to the Capitol. Benedict was at the bomb scene when Capitol Police captains there told him their officers were being overrun. When they began entering the Capitol complex at 2:40 p.m., the hallways were packed with rioters.