ADVERTISEMENT The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote at 8am Friday on the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act and the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill already passed in the Senate in August. Democrats have failed to meet previous self-imposed deadlines to pass the bills that form the cornerstone of Biden's legislative agenda, but the aide said that leadership was confident on finishing on Friday. Biden lobbied Democrats in the House on Thursday night to vote 'yes' on his social policy and climate-change bill, as the party tries to recover from sobering state election losses. A White House official said Biden was calling various House members and urging them to vote yes. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi worked furiously into the night at the Capitol Thursday and kept the House late to shore up votes. 'We're going to pass both bills,' Pelosi insisted at a midday press briefing. Her strategy now seems focused on passing the most robust bill possible in her chamber and then leaving the Senate to adjust or strip out the portions its members won't agree to. The House Rules Committee was set to convene late Thursday to prepare the bill for floor votes. Biden left for Europe last week for a meeting of G20 leaders and a U.N. climate conference without a deal on the legislation.
White House backtracks and admits Biden WILL pay separated migrants after he called claim they will receive $450K 'garbage': President is 'perfectly comfortable' with 'settlements'
White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday that President Biden is 'perfectly comfortable' with cash payouts to migrant families separated at the border, but insisted the settlements won't be as high as $450,000. Fox News' Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre during the briefing what Biden meant when he called the reports of payments 'garbage' after the ACLU claimed that he 'hadn't been briefed properly. Jean-Pierre, standing in for Jen Psaki after her COVID diagnosis, responded by saying that settlements were happening, and he was responding to the claim that they could be close to half-a-million dollars. 'If it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration's use of "zero tolerance" and family separation behind us, the President is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the US government,' she said. She wouldn't specify the amount the Biden administration would spend in the settlements and referred all other questions to the Department of Justice.
Climate activists swarm Democrat Manchin's $80K Maserati SUV as he tries to leave parking lot after stalking him from his $700K DC houseboat: Scream 'we want to live' in protest at his opposition to Biden's infrastructure plan
Sen. Joe Manchin claimed Thursday that the US is a 'center-right' country and that President Biden should give up on trying to get the kind of 'major legislation' done that passed under Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. 'We can't go too far left,' the West Virginia Democrat told CNN from Capitol Hill on Thursday. 'This is not a center-left or a left country. We are a center - if anything, a little center-right country, that's being shown - and we ought to be able to recognize that.' Manchin railed against his own 'hostile' workplace. 'You wanna know what's wrong with the place? I go to work in a hostile work environment every day,' the senator said.
White mother is stopped by cops and accused of 'human trafficking her 10-year-old black daughter' by Southwest flight attendant while flying to see family after her brother died
This is the moment a black child sobbed with anguish after she and her grieving white mother were pulled aside after getting off a Southwest flight after a worker said she feared the youngster was being trafficked. Moira, 10, could be heard crying with fright after she and her mother, Mary MacCarthy, were confronted by a Southwest staffer at Denver International Airport on October 22, with the pair taking the flight after MacCarthy's brother died suddenly the night before. MacCarthy has exclusively shared the video with DailyMail.com. She says she was left shaken by the accusation and ensuing confrontation, and has now retained an attorney. The clip shows a Southwest staffer and two airport cops explain why MacCarthy and her daughter have been pulled aside, with the shocked mom filming after explaining that she is too shaken by the incident to take notes.
'We survived bombings, then this happens.' Heartbroken family of Serbian refugee, 23, killed with her dog Max in fiery crash tell how they escaped war-torn Croatia only to have their dream destroyed by 'drunk' Raiders star Henry
Tina Tintor, 23, and her golden retriever Max burned alive Tuesday morning after Las Vegas Raiders star Henry Ruggs III slammed into her car. Ruggs' blood-alcohol level was twice Nevada's legal limit and he was traveling in his Corvette at 156mph. Tintor's family have now spoken for the first time, with her brother Djordje, 25, telling DailyMail.com that Tina spent her final evening with a friend. Her uncle Predrag Komazec, 37, told DailyMail.com how the family had survived being bombed during the Yugoslavian War and are originally from Croatia. He said they fled to Serbia when Croatia became too dangerous but endured air raids while living there too. 'We escape all that over there - war and bombing. We come here and this happens. So much for the American Dream,' he said.
'Drunk' Raiders star Henry Ruggs, 22, sobs on the ground seconds after fatal 156mph Las Vegas crash as victim, 23, burns alive in her SUV near his wrecked Corvette he calls 'Lizzy'
Video emerged on Thursday, showing a seemingly dazed Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs sobbing on the ground and hugging his girlfriend just moments after Tuesday's Las Vegas crash that killed 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog. The victim's Toyota RAV4 is seen engulfed in flames a short distance away. Ruggs, 22, has been charged with driving under the influence resulting in death and reckless driving, and cut from the team.
US Rep. Jason Smith says Meghan Markle should DROP her British royal title the next time she decides to wade into US politics and cold-call members of Congress to lobby for paid parental leave
Meghan Markle's lobbying of senators was criticized on Thursday by Congressman Jason Smith, who said it was inappropriate for her to trade off her royal title to try and gain influence. Smith (left), a Republican representing Missouri, told TMZ that he was fine with any American lobbying, but Markle should just introduce herself by stating: 'I'm Meghan Markle, the former star of Suits.' Markle, 40, has in recent days called Senator Susan Collins of Maine (inset, left) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia (inset, right) - both Republicans - to try and convince them to back paid parental leave.
'I am scared of cancel culture': Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, 44, DENIES allegations of rough sex with women as young as 19 in 'hit piece' which claims he 'filmed them without permission and choked them'
Barstool Sports co-founder David Portnoy (left) reportedly sought young women, including an Instagram influencer (right) for sex. One of his partners reportedly shared her unpleasant encounter with a friend via a text exchange (inset). She described the hookup as 'violent and humiliating' and said it left her feeling as though she had been raped. Portnoy denied the claims and said the sex was consensual
REVEALED: Racist, Islamophobic, transphobic and anti-Semitic posts of Republican trucker who defeated NJ senate president and spent only $153 on his campaign
Republican Edward Durr, 58, has been elected to state senate in New Jersey in a remarkable victory over the Democrat currently serving as senate president. Durr, who was unvetted by the Republican party and has never held elected office, has a long history of offensive posts, it emerged on Thursday night. He has refused to comment on the social media posts, expressing his extreme views on Islam, transgender people, black people, women and the Capitol rioters.
'The governor's victory speech was premature': Jack Ciattarelli REFUSES to concede NJ race and tells his supporters that 'every legal vote' should be counted with 2% separating the candidates
Republican candidate Jack Ciattarelli (left) is refusing to concede in New Jersey's gubernatorial race until all 21 counties finish counting ballots. The nail-biter race between Ciattarelli and incumbent Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy (right) was called Wednesday night when Murphy led Ciattarelli by less than 1 percent. Ciattarelli says there are 'still tens of thousands of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots yet to be counted' and believes Murphy's victory speech was 'premature'. 'No one should be declaring victory or conceding the election until every legal vote is counted,' the Republican said in a social media video Thursday. Ciattarelli also promised the election would be 'legal and fair,' noting that any decisions about recounts or audits would not come until counting is complete. As Thursday night, Murphy's lead had increased to 51.16 percent, with Ciattarelli trailing closely behind at 48.84 percent (inset).
Doomed Hollywood star Natalie Wood was sexually assaulted by acting legend Kirk Douglas in 1955 when she was underage, new memoir by her younger sister reveals
In her memoir 'Little Sister,' coming out next week, Lana Wood alleges that her late sister's assault occurred when she was just 16, and Douglas was 39. Lana said that her mother dropped Natalie at the Chateau Marmont hotel, and when she returned 'disheveled and 'upset' told her to 'suck it up.' She writes her sister and their mother agreeing it would ruin Natalie's career to publicly accuse Douglas - one of the most powerful Hollywood stars at the time. 'Little Sister' focuses on Natalie Wood's mysterious drowning in 1981, when her body was found off Catalina Island.
US Navy FIRES USS Connecticut Captain, XO and Chief of the Boat after $3.1bn nuclear-powered attack submarine collided with 'uncharted seamount' in South China Sea
The US Navy has fired a nuclear submarine's Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and Chief of the Boat for 'loss of confidence' after their vessel collided with an 'uncharted seamount' in the South China Sea. The $3.1 billion USS Connecticut's CO Cmdr Cameron Aljilani (bottom right), XO Lt Cmdr Patrick Cashin (bottom left) and COB Cory Rodgers were relieved of their positions on Wednesday. A seamount is a mountain which rises from the ocean floor. A statement from the Navy said that the October 2 crash, which injured 11 crew members, could have been prevented with 'sound judgement, prudent decision-making and adherence to required procedures in navigation planning'. Three interim officers were ordered to fill in and the Seawolf-class submarine is reportedly in Guam 'undergoing damage assessment' overseen by the Naval Sea Systems Command. On the day the USS Connecticut struck the underwater mountain there were soaring tensions with China after 39 warplanes breached Taiwanese airspace and a record 56 aircraft flew into the zone two days later in a 24-hour period.
White House accuses Republicans of 'getting in the way of saving lives' by launching legal challenge to Biden's new $14K vaccine fines that will come in on Jan 4. and says they 'clearly have authority' to impose the new rules
The White House is confident that it can beat any Republican challenges to its new workplace vaccine mandate and claimed Thursday the GOP is trying to block the Biden administration from saving lives. 'The question that we always have is and that we ask to the Republicans is why are they getting in the way?' Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during Thursday's White House press briefing. 'Why are they getting in the way of trying to protect and save lives? That's all we're trying to do,' she added.
'I'm the luckiest guy I know!' Meghan Markle's ex-husband Trevor Engelson celebrates the birth of his second child - a daughter named Sienna Lee - as he and wife Tracey are pictured with the newborn for the first time
The Hollywood producer, 44, and his wife Tracey Kurkland announced on Instagram that they've welcomed a daughter named Sienna Lee. 'I don't know what I did right, but I'm the luckiest guy I know,' Trevor said. He and his wife also share 15-month-old daughter Ford Grace Engelson. Trevor dated the Duchess of Sussex six years before getting engaged in 2010 and marrying in 2011, but they split in 2013. He proposed to Tracey, a multi-millionaire banker's daughter, in June 2018, and they married in May 2019.
Two dead after 'drug dealers open fire at five-star Hyatt hotel in Cancun' sending panicked American guests running for cover
Two people believed to be drug dealers have reportedly died following a shooting at a five-star hotel in Cancun that is popular with American tourists. Guests were told to seek shelter at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun resort in Mexico. Police said two men thought to be drug dealers had died in the shooting in the hotel's beach area and no tourists had been seriously injured.
Eric Trump walks arm-in-arm with mom Ivana, 72, after lunch at her favorite Italian restaurant a day after she was seen looking frail at Manhattan funeral parlor following death of her 4th husband Rossno Rubicondi
Ivana Trump, 72, was seen on the arm of her son Eric, 37, as they enjoyed a mother-son date in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The former wife of Donald Trump was seen looking more vibrant on Thursday after she was seen looking frail as she attended a funeral service following her fourth husband's death last week. The mother and son duo enjoyed a lovely lunch at her favorite Italian restaurant before the pair headed back to Ivana's NYC apartment. She was later seen at a hair salon on 67th Street, where she left with her signature twisted hairstyle and a root touchup.
Paulina Porizkova reveals her unhappy marriage to her late husband Ric Ocasek ended after she gave him an ultimatum - as she strips down to her underwear in candid video
Porizkova, 56, bared both her body and her soul as the latest participant of StyleLikeU's 'Defying Ageism' video series. In the nearly 20-minute interview, she removed her clothing while detailing the dissolution of her marriage to Ocasek and her battle against ageism. Porizkova said she became 'invisible' to The Cars frontman, saying his lack of interest in her made her 'feel worthless as a woman.' She admitted that she thought she was 'boring' for 30 years because he would always yawn and dismiss her when she tried to speak with him. Porizkova, who shares sons Jonathan and Oliver with Ocasek, explained that her insistence that she be heard was the beginning of the end of their relationship. She said when tried to get him to 'snap him out of it' by suggesting a separation, he coldly told her: 'Well, it seems like your mind's made up, so whatever.'
Chris Pratt is accused of 'sexism' after Instagram post in which he called WIFE Katherine Schwarzenegger his 'greatest treasure'
Chris, 41, posted a photo of himself with wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, 31, on November 2. He gushed over the doting way she's looking at him in the snap, how she 'helps him with everything' and is his 'greatest treasure' next to a favorite baseball card. Yet he joked about her chewing 'so loudly' and said he may not get her a birthday present when she turns 32 in six weeks. Chris also shared gratitude for their 'gorgeous healthy daughter.' Commenters have called the post 'gross' and 'narcissistic,' with one saying it 'fills up a toxic Christian man bingo card.' Several have slammed him for not mentioning his nine-year-old son Jack, and seeming to make an 'ableist' dig by focusing on daughter's health.
'I was being torn apart': California woman battling cancer is mauled by a black bear that had crept into Lake Tahoe cabin kitchen
Laurel-Rose Von Hoffmann-Curzi (pictured) said she's 'incredibly lucky' to be alive after being wounded by a black bear (pictured in a file photo) that broke into her Tahoe Vista, California, holiday home (left) October 30. She said the creature lunged at her after she discovered it rummaging through her freezer. 'The next thing I know, I'm being torn apart,' she told a local media outlet
Little House on the Prairie star Karen Grassle accuses on-screen husband Michael Landon of BULLYING her on set: Claims he refused to pay her a 'fair wage', mocked her body, and made 'disgusting' jokes about sex
Grassle, 79, who played 'Ma' Caroline Ingalls on the show, which began airing in 1974, shares stories of her time on set in her upcoming memoir. She said Landon, who directed, produced, and starred in the show as Pa, wouldn't pay her more than the child actors. After he refused her a raise, she claims he cut her scenes and wrote her out of storylines. She recalled him making jokes about her body and her facial expressions to crew and using foul language on set. He also made 'disgusting jokes about how a woman smelled after sex,' she said.
'When I lost weight... I could do no wrong': Woman, 28, who shed 150LBS reveals how slimming down made everyone in her life treat her BETTER, from strangers to her own FAMILY
Before her weight loss, 28 year old Katiria Duque from Houston, Texas, said it felt like she 'didn't matter' but afterwards, she said 'everything around her was perfect.' Suddenly, strangers on the street were friendlier to her, guys were more interested in her and she received better job opportunities. But what affected her the most was the way it changed the relationship she had with her family.
Recovering alcoholic, 39, reveals the horrific toll drinking had on his body and mind as he celebrates five years of 'glorious' sobriety with astonishing transformation photos
Kenny Dunn shared photos of himself 24 hours after he quit drinking versus now. The Vancouver, Washington, man has been marking his sobriety milestones with annual photos. He likes to document his success online so that he can 'share the message of hope to addicts all over the world.' The 39-year-old, who used to drink nearly 20 beers a night, gave up alcohol in 2016 after starting a 12-step program, which he says made him a better dad and husband
'Doomsday prepper' mom who lives 'off-grid' in Alaska details VERY drastic steps she's taken to get ready for an apocalypse - from hunting food and hoarding canned goods to making her young daughters build 'bug-out bags'
After a brief power-cut in 2010, Morgan Rogue, 37, realized how dire her situation would be if her electricity was permanently shut down. So she began to look into ways to be prepared. In 2020, she, her husband, Josh, and their two kids, aged five and two, relocated to Alaska to live off-grid and self-sustainably. Now, their home runs off a combination of generators and solar power. The family has a farm and are growing a garden, and Morgan is digging her own well.
Yoga teacher, 36, with dwarfism reveals how she underwent four years of painful limb lengthening surgery breaking and 'stretching' bones including her tibias, femurs, a hip and both arms to grow from 3ft 9in to 4ft 11in
Kristen DeAndrade, 36, suffered from the rare genetic condition achondroplasia dwarfism which prevents bone growth in the legs and arms. Aged just 12 (left), she decided to undergo terrifying bone-breaking surgery to stretch her limbs. The author, from West Palm Beach, Florida, US, shot up from 3ft9 to 4ft11 (centre) but her decision has caused a stir within the dwarfism community who have accused her of using cosmetic surgery to change her natural appearance. The surgery involved Kristen having her bones broken, with external fixators added to help stretch out the healing bone.
Moment pick-up truck skids off road and plows into family's living room narrowly missing their four dogs 'after driver was distracted by phone'
The incident happened in Gallup, New Mexico, on October 25 and caused extensive damage to a home belong to Ana and Ryan Hudgeons who were not at home at the time. Footage captured by surveillance cameras both inside and outside the property shows a white truck crashing through the yard before smashing into the side of the house and through the living room. Mrs Hudgeons said she was told by police that the driver was 'speeding and distracted when the crash happened'.
Ancient shipwreck dating back 2,500 years is discovered beneath Aegean Sea: Vessel was crammed with hundreds of pieces pottery and indicates there was developed trade in the region at the time
The remains of an ancient ship that sank 2,500 years ago near the island of Kythera, Greece. Scientists found hundreds of pieces of pottery on its deck that came from three Greek Islands. The ship is completely covered in the jars, but scientists are working on a 3D reconstruction of the sunken vessel.
Pictures reveal how SeaWorld's first park without orcas is taking shape in Abu Dhabi - and what lies in store for visitors at the attraction, which will house the world's largest sealife aquarium
The first SeaWorld park without killer whales is nearing completion, with images showing the Abu Dhabi attraction taking shape on Yas Island and revealing what some of the attractions will look like. Billed as 'the next generation of marine life theme parks', SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is set to open in the United Arab Emirates in 2022, featuring the world's 'largest and most expansive marine [sealife] aquarium' and the Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Centre. Here, pictures show what we can expect from the theme park...
Moment skydivers' plane goes into freefall and spins past them after engine stalls at 16,000ft as they leap out in South Africa
The dramatic moment was filmed by videographer Bernard Janse van Rensburg as a group of skydivers jumped from the aircraft over Mosselbay, South Africa, on Thursday, October 14. As they jump, the plane stalls 16,000ft in the air, its twin propellers stop and it spins out of control before plummeting towards the ground, narrowly avoiding a major collision with the falling sky divers who are preparing to join up in formation. The pilot managed to regain control of the aircraft and landed it safely.