Biden pitches childcare, education and tax plan in Virginia
The president formally confirmed the decision to raise the bar from 15,000 to 62,500 refugee admissions per year, three months after he submitted a proposal to Congress on the issue.
“It is important to take this action today to remove any lingering doubt in the minds of refugees around the world who have suffered so much, and who are anxiously waiting for their new lives to begin,” Mr Biden said.
He added that the limit introduced by his predecessor “did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees”.
Meanwhile, Republican Wyoming representative Liz Cheney is in trouble with her party once again after going after Donald Trump at a closed-door event, as well as tweeting her disdain at anyone who still insists the 2020 election was stolen.
Elsewhere, Facebook’s independent oversight board will determine on Wednesday whether it will uphold Donald Trump’s suspension from its platforms.
The ban came after the then-president was seen to condone the rioters who stormed the Capitol building in early January.
Is Liz Cheney done?
After her latest condemnation of Donald Trump and loyal Republicans still perpetuating the false narrative the election was stolen, Liz Cheney may be about to meet her Waterloo.
Speaking to Fox News this morning, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he is not under pressure to “get rid of her”, as the host put it, over her impeachment vote – but that there is clearly great rancour about her pronouncements about the party given her leadership position.
Mr McCarthy’s lengthy insistence that the GOP needs to stay on message made it clear that he views Ms Cheney as an obstacle to “earning” a House majority once again.
Andrew Naughtie4 May 2021 14:42
Gavin Newsom challenger takes to the airwaves
One of the numerous figures preparing to challenge California Governor Gavin Newsom in a recall election is Republican John Cox, a perennial candidate who stood against Newsom in 2018.
An outlandish campaigner who has announced a 1,000 live bear as his running mate and embarked on a “meet the beast” tour of the state, Mr Cox is now hitting Californians’ TV screens with a campaign ad – one every bit as off-the-wall as the rest of his campaign.
Andrew Naughtie4 May 2021 14:20
Trump and supporters intensify efforts to oust GOP critics
Donald Trump and his allies have intensified efforts to remove critics from the Republican Party.
One figure whose position is under threat is Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, who is currently the thirds most important Republican in the House.
Ms Cheney has accused Mr Trump and his supporters of “poisoning our democratic system”.
Rory Sullivan4 May 2021 14:05
ALS sufferer urges Biden to share Covid vaccines with world
An American activist and ASL sufferer has reminded Joe Biden of the promise in made in July 2020 to share the coronavirus vaccine with the world.
Ady Barken posted a clip showing the pledge online.
It comes as the US is under growing pressure to waive intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines.
Mayank Aggarwal has the details:
Rory Sullivan4 May 2021 13:40
CIA mocked for recruitment video
The CIA has been criticised by conservatives over a recruitment video which they say is “full of woke propaganda”.
Liberals also mocked the advert for co-opting leftist and progressive messages.
Maroosha Muzaffar reports:
Rory Sullivan4 May 2021 13:15
US to demand ‘more constructive behaviour’ from president of El Salvador
The US will encourage “more constructive behaviour” from the president of El Salvador, a White House official told Reuters.
Nayib Bukele was criticised by the Biden administration for firing the country’s leading prosecutor and most senior judges from office.
“What we have found is that popularity does not give you carte blanche to undermine democratic institutions,” the source said.
Rory Sullivan4 May 2021 12:50
Taliban launch large offensive
The Taliban launched a large offensive in southern Helmand following a missed US deadline for troops to leave Afghanistan.
Last year’s promise to withdraw by 1 May was supersesed by Joe Biden’s announcment that all US personnel would leave by 11 September, 20 years on from the attack on the World Trade Center.
The decision has led to concerns that the Taliban will attempt to take back power once US troops have gone.
Mulah Jan, a resident of Lashkar Gah, told Reuters: “There was a thunderstorm of heavy weapons and blasts in the city and the sound of small arms was like someone was making popcorn.
“I took all my family members to the corner of the room, hearing the heavy blasts and bursts of gunfire as if it was happening behind our walls,” he said.
Rory Sullivan4 May 2021 12:30
The Dakota Access oil pipeline will not be shut while an environmental review takes place, the Biden administration has said.
The US Army Corps of Engineers are likely to finish its second review by March 2022.
The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes have asked a judge to close the pipeline while this environmental study is carried out.
Jan Hasselman, a lawyer at Earthjustice, which represents Standing Rock, said it was “baffling” how Mr Biden could address world leaders on climate change and not do more over the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
“Given all this, it’s baffling that when it comes to the Dakota Access pipeline, Biden’s Army Corps is standing in the way of justice for Standing Rock by opposing a court order to shut down this infrastructure while environmental and safety consequences are fully evaluated,” he said.
Rory Sullivan4 May 2021 12:10
Environmental Protection Agency targets hydrofluorocarbons
As part of Joe Biden’s climate change pledges, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are a major source of global warming.
The new rule wants HFC production to be lowered by 85 per cent over the next 15 years.
“With this proposal, EPA is taking another significant step under President Biden’s ambitious agenda to address the climate crisis,” its administrator Michael Regan said on Monday
“By phasing down HFCs, which can be hundreds to thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the planet, EPA is taking a major action to help keep global temperature rise in check,” he added.
Rory Sullivan4 May 2021 11:50
Facebook to announce Trump ban decision on Wednesday
Facebook’s independent oversight board will announce on Wednesday whether the company will lift Donald Trump’s suspension from its platforms.
Here’s Alex Woodward with the details:
Rory Sullivan4 May 2021 11:30