[NFA] President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Texas on Saturday as the state struggles with the fallout from a winter storm that killed at least two dozen people and caused widespread blackouts and water shortages.
BIDEN (Friday): "It's a different declaration, a major disaster declaration." U.S. President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Texas on Saturday.
Nearly two dozen deaths have been linked to the deep freeze.
Millions of Texas residents have dealt with power outages amid the cold, and nearly half of all Texans are suffering from disruptions to their water service.
Like Forth-Worth resident Linda Binion, who said water was frozen in her pipes: “I have no water coming into my house whatsoever… I’ve got six little ones that i need to take care of.” Biden’s disaster declaration makes federal funding available to individuals across the state, including assistance for temporary housing, home repairs and low-cost loans.
Biden is also weighing a trip to Texas to survey the federal response.
Ocasio-Cortez also partnered with Texas relief organizations in a fundraising mission.
“We hit 3.2 million dollars in assistance for Texans across the state just last night.
And I think this shows that New York stands with you, but the whole country stands with you.” Jackson Lee spoke of the severity of the crisis: “We were getting calls from children, adult children whose parents lived in older homes, left behind, that were trying to get them out of the freezing conditions because they thought they might die during the night.
That was unacceptable and unnecessary.” All the state's power plants had returned to service, although more than 78,000 homes remained without electricity as of Saturday morning.
CNN’s David Chalian says that Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) questioning whether or not President Joe Biden is being controlled by his staff and not really in charge is another example of the GOP trying to find a way to attack Biden, something they have yet to be successful at thus far.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a political force of nature since she took office in 2018. In this latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how social media and money has propelled the 31-year-old to sweeping national stature.
New York's top prosecutor rejected a proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo for her to pick a lawyer to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against him, after Cuomo's office backtracked on Sunday on a plan to choose its own investigator. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Senator Ted Cruz defended former President Donald Trump, and mocked Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for tweeting in January that Cuz "almost had me murdered" - a reference to suggestions that Cruz helped foment the Jan. 6 Capitol violence by Trump supporters.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) lashed out at Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) after he said he had doubts about Deb Haaland’s nomination to Secretary of the Interior, which comes on the heels of his opposition to the confirmation of Neera Tanedem to lead the Office of Management and Budget.
The rapper is teaming up with U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee and executives at the National Association of Christian Churches Disaster Services to help rebuild homes for those in need in her native Houston, Texas.
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[NFA] U.S. states across the nation from Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Massachusetts and Mississippi are loosening or lifting COVID-19 restrictions as reported infections are on the decline, but health officials are strongly warning against it. Colette Luke has more.
Democratic leaders in Texas are criticizing the governor’s decision to end the mask mandate and open businesses up to full capacity. Health officials have warned it could lead to another surge. CNN’s Lucy Kafanov reports from Houston with the latest.
The misery for millions caused by brutally cold weather and widespread power outages in Texas is far from over, with freezing temperatures forecast again for Thursday. CNN’s Poppy Harlow speaks with Forth Worth resident Philip Shelley about how he and his family are coping.
For any parent wanting to marry their child would seem apalling, disgusting and extremely hard to believe. But this is actually true as it has already happened. A parent in New York has filed a legal request to marry their own adult child, terming it a case of 'individual autonomy'. The parent who wants to remain autonomous also wants laws barring the incestuous practice to be overturned.
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New York City is now the epicenter of America’s largest coronavirus outbreak. We spent one week following the journey of emergency room physician Dr. Calvin Sun, who explains how dire the situation has become on the front lines of this crisis. In hospitals across New York City, there is a severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), which is essential to keeping hospital workers like himself safe. With the number of cases continuing to rise across the city, he explains what is needed now in order to bring some relief.
Asians and Asian Americans are facing increased discrimination linked to the spread of the novel coronavirus, impacting businesses as well as individuals. In New York City’s Chinatown, restaurant owner Rose Wu says business has dropped significantly since the coronavirus outbreak.
A lawyer for convicted movie producer Harvey Weinstein has challenged his extradition to California to face charges of assaulting five women, citing a paperwork technicality after his requests for a “humanitarian” delay to attend to medical needs were rejected.Weinstein, 69, appeared via video before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case from the maximum security Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, where he has been imprisoned since last spring after being convicted in New York City of a criminal sex act and third-degree rape.
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