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A new White House under Biden: Discipline, diversity, dogs and social distancing

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  • Changes at the White House are evident since US President Joe Biden took office, in stark contrast to his predecessor Donald Trump.
  • From required mask-wearing to a new public information approach, Biden’s steady style marks an abrupt change from the bombast and volatility under Trump.
  • Dogs are back on the South Lawn. Regular media briefings, with follow-up questions and data-driven answers, have returned.

WASHINGTON – On the morning of 20 January, hours before Joe Biden arrived at the White House as the 46th US president, a clear plexiglass shield was erected at the guard’s desk at the entrance to the West Wing housing the executive offices.

It was a small but noticeable sign that things were changing: Covid-19 protections missing during Donald Trump’s last year in office would be a regular part of White House life in the Biden administration.

From required mask-wearing to a new public information approach, the

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Donald Trump flexes political muscle, meets with top House Republican Kevin McCarthy

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  • Republican
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with Donald Trump in Florida to
    present a united front with the former president.
  • McCarthy
    distanced himself from Trump after he was accused of inspiring his supporters
    to storm the US Capitol, but appears to be back on his side.
  • House
    Democrat Katherine Clark expressed shock that McCarthy was re-aligning with Trump
    after the Capitol assault.

Washington
– Donald Trump met with US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in Florida on
Thursday amid a tug of war over the Republican Party’s future, with
congressional leadership appearing eager to present a united front with the
former president.

Winning
back the House of Representatives from Democrats in 2022 was the primary topic
of the meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, according to a readout
provided by Save America, a political action committee linked to Trump.

It said:

President Trump’s popularity has never been

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John Garamendi: House Democrat says lawmakers bringing guns to Capitol would be ‘a danger to the other members’

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When asked by CNN’s Brooke Baldwin whether, regarding members trying to bring guns into the Capitol, he thought that one of his fellow members of Congress might harm him, the California Democrat replied, “Of course.”

“Why would you bring a gun onto the floor? You want to get into a fisticuff or you want to get into a gun battle?” he said. “You don’t need to have a gun on the floor of the House or even in any of the Capitol complex or the offices. It’s a very, very secure place.”

When pressed on whether he was fearful that an armed House Republican could shoot him, Garamendi replied, “I would be — yes, I am concerned that any member that brings a gun into the Capitol, into a hearing room, into the office buildings or into or onto the floor of the House poses a danger, a danger to … Read More