Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said Monday that the Biden administration plans to allow migrant families separated under the Trump administration to reunite in the United States. Speaking during a news conference, Mayorkas called the separation of children from their parents at the Mexican border “the most powerful and heartbreaking example of the cruelty that preceded this administration.” Mayorkas said families will be given the option of reuniting in their country of origin or in the United States.
The administration is working with lawyers representing the separated families along with nongovernmental organizations, the nations of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and the private sector. So far, about 105 families have been reunited.
On Monday, the Senate judiciary committee approved President Biden’s nomination of appellate court judge Merrick Garland to be the United States’ attorney general. The committee voted 15-7 early Monday afternoon to advance Garland’s candidacy. The nomination now advances to the full Senate for final confirmation. Most likely the Senate will hold a floor vote later this week, and is expected to approve the nomination.
If confirmed, Garland will be sworn in immediately. Garland, 68, was nominated to the post of U.S. attorney general almost two months ago and appeared before the committee for a confirmation hearing last week, saying his top early priority would be overseeing the prosecution of rioters involved in the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. He told the panel: “I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 — a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government. We will pursue these leads, wherever they take us.”
Garland first rose to prominence as a potential Supreme Court nominee in 2009 and 2010 for vacancies that ultimately went to Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, respectively. In 2016 he was officially nominated by former President Barack Obama to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia, however senate Republicans denied Garland a vote and argued then that whoever won that November’s presidential election should choose Scalia’s replacement.
The Chicago Bears announced that former Texas coach Tom Herman is joining the team as an offensive analyst/special projects. Herman was fired by the Longhorns in January after posting a 7-3 record in 2020. In his four seasons with Texas, Herman recorded a 32-18 record and was 4-0 in bowl games but never won a Big-12 championship.
Herman was a coach with Houston before Texas, going 22-4 during his two seasons there. He was an offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach with Ohio State, Iowa State, Rice and Texas State and was part of the National Championship Buckeyes team that won in 2014 and was named the winner of the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.
Former Houston Texans star J.J. Watt announced he was signing with the Arizona Cardinals. According to reports, the Cardinals are giving Watt a two-year deal worth $31 million with $23 million guaranteed.
Watt follows former Texans star wideout DeAndre Hopkins and the defense including the likes of Watt and Chandler Jones will be hard to beat.
CBS has released two 30-second excerpts from Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special which is set to air at 8pm EST on Sunday. Winfrey has said there are “no subjects off limits” of her highly-anticipated interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The clips show Winfrey sitting opposite Meghan and Harry on the grounds of their California home in Montecito. In the first clip, Harry said he feared “history repeating itself” in a reference to the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. As he spoke of their decision to quit royal life and move to California, he told Winfrey: “I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you, with my wife by my side, because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her, going through this process by herself, all those years ago. Because it has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other.”
In the second excerpt, Harry says he is grateful to have had Meghan’s support throughout his exit from royal life, while also expressing admiration for what his mother had to endure under similar circumstances. Princess Diana was stripped of the Her Royal Highness title at the time of her divorce from the Prince of Wales in August 1996. She died in a car accident in Paris the following year.
The 90-minute CBS special will be the couple’s first sit-down interview together since their BBC engagement interview in November 2017.
Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is pregnant with her third child. The 35-year-old actress announced her pregnancy on social media Monday, captioning a family photo or her, her husband Jaron Varsano and their daughters Alma, 9 and Maya, 3 with the caption: “Here we go again.”
Gadot’s pregnancy announcement comes just one day after she presented at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. Gadot and Varsano celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary back in September of 2020.
The 78th Golden Globe Awards were held on Sunday, the first-ever bicoastal and virtual show. The Globes were hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — Fey emceed live from the Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room in New York City, while Poehler hosted from the Globes’ usual location inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Among the big winners were “Schitt’s Creek,” which was named best TV comedy, and earned star Catherine O’Hara the award for best actress in TV series- Musical Or Comedy. Netflix dominated most other categories, with “The Crown”taking home the Golden Globefor best TV drama, in addition to leading actor wins for Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, who play Princess Diana and Prince Charles. “The Crown’s” Gillian Anderson also won for supporting actress in a TV series. Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit” was named best limited series, and its star Anya Taylor-Joy won the award for best actress in a limited series. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” earned the best motion picture comedy or musical, with Sacha Baron Cohen taking home the acting trophy for his title role in the film.
Other big winners in acting categories included Daniel Kaluuya, John Boyega, Jodie Foster, Rosamund Pike, Jason Sudeikis and Mark Ruffalo. For the full list of winners, head to the official Golden Globes website – here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel voted unanimously Sunday to recommend the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 single-shot vaccine for people 18 and older. During an emergency session, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices strongly endorsed the vaccine’s effectiveness in completely protecting against hospitalization and death. The federal government will be able to begin shipping doses, making a third COVID-19 vaccine available in the United States as early as this week. The new vaccine has a lower efficacy rate — 66% overall and 72% in the United States in preventing moderate to severe cases of COVID-19 — than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines already in use.
Johnson & Johnson has said only a few million doses will be shipped to states in the days immediately after authorization, but production is expected to ramp up in the coming weeks, with 20 million doses due to be delivered by the end of March and 100 million total in the first half of the year. Johnson & Johnson also confirmed it will begin expanded trials for the vaccine on infants, newborns, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine can be kept at normal refrigerator temperatures. Pfizer’s vaccine had been stored and shipped at between minus 112 Fahrenheit to minus 76 though the FDA now says it can be held for two weeks at normal freezer temperatures. Moderna’s is kept in a home freezer.
Former President Donald Trump hinted at another run for president in 2024 during his first speech since leaving office to close out the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday from Orlando, Fla.
Trump continued to falsely claim that he defeated President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election and suggested that he “may even decide to beat them for a third time” while stopping short of officially declaring plans to run, saying in part, “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over. We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future — the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country.”
Trump took aim at many members of the Republican party who sought to distance themselves from the former president especially in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Trump’s public statements has been limited since he was banned from most major social media platforms in the aftermath of the Capitol riot. However despite a divide amongst Republicans, Trump dismissed speculation that he would break away and form his own party, saying, “I am not starting a new party. That was fake news. Fake news, no. Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s start a new party and let’s divide our vote so that you can never win. No, we’re not interested in that. The Republican Party is united. The only division is between a handful of Washington D.C., establishment political hacks and everybody else all over the country.”
William Byron controlled most of the final two stages at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday and won for the second time in 111 Cup starts. His first win was at Daytona last August and landed him one of the final spots in the playoffs.bByron entered the weekend as a 28-1 shot to win the race.
Byron, eunited with former crew chief Rudy Fugle, said, “That guy has been huge for my career. He’s the reason I’m here and I’m just glad we could get him.” They had their best year together while running the Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2016, winning at Homestead.
Tyler Reddick came in second, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick.