Joe Biden defended his presidency on Wednesday by bragging he has 'outperformed' expectations, slamming Republicans for working against with him and then saying some GOP lawmakers secretly have told him they're on his side but too worried about a primary to publicly support him. Speaking the day before his one-year anniversary in office, Biden started his first press conference in 78 days but tackling the two issues that are behind his falling poll numbers: the COVID pandemic and the economy. He admitted he should have had more COVID tests ready for Americans and blamed the record-high inflation on the pandemic and the actions of the Federal Reserve. But, he argued, he didn't make too many promises to the American people when he entered the White House last year. 'Look I didn't over promise. But I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen,' Biden said. He then pivoted to blaming Republicans, saying what he didn't expect in his first year was for GOP lawmakers to be so unsupportive. 'I did not anticipate that there would be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn't get anything done,' the president said. 'Think about this. What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they're for,' the president continued. 'I haven't been able to do so far is get my Republican friends to get in the game and making things better in this country.' He later said he's had private conversations with five Republican senators who told him they're on his side but too worried about being primaried in this year's midterm election to publicly support him.
Brianna Kulper's 'killer' is arrested at Pasadena bus stop: 31-year-old was out on $50,000 bond for 'firing weapon into a car' when he stabbed the UCLA student to death as she worked in LA furniture store
Shawn Laval Smith, 31, was arrested in the California city a day after the Los Angeles Police Department named him as the top suspect in the random, unprovoked slaying of Brianna Kupfer. He has not yet been booked, LAPD told DailyMail.com. Pasadena PD confirmed to us that Smith was found 400 miles away from the scene of the Fairfax fatal stabbing, at a bus stop in Pasadena. He was arrested without incident at a bus stop near Fair Oaks and Colorado Boulevard about 11:50 am, Pasadena Lt. Sean Dawkins told DailyMail.com. It's not clear if he was armed.
PICTURED: Design engineer, 37, whose Bumble date, 23, died in her blood-stained bed next to him after night of drinking. Her family sue cops for 'mishandling investigation' and not pursuing him 'because he's white'
The 'older white man' who was on a Bumble date with a 23-year-old Connecticut woman before she was found dead after a night of drinking has been revealed as a 37-year-old design engineer who she knew for three days. Lawyers are now calling for an independent investigation into the death of Lauren Smith-Fields who was found dead in her Bridgeport apartment on December 12, 2021, by Matthew LaFountain, 37, who she met on the Bumble dating app. Her cause of death is not known. He works as a design engineer at Connecticut-based Times Microwave System - a company which manufactures cables for the military, aerospace and telecommunications companies. Smith-Fields and LaFountain had been hanging out and drinking at her apartment, according to the police report obtained by Dailymail.com. The family of Smith-Fields are suing local police after becoming frustrated with how they are handling the case, attorney Darnell Crosland told Dailymail.com, alleging the detective in charge of her case told them to stop contacting him.
Emirates president calls 5G rollout fiasco the 'most delinquent mess he's seen in his entire aviation career' and blames Pete Buttigieg for doing nothing to stop the chaos after dozens of flights were canceled - and then uncanceled
Tim Clark, the president of Emirates, appeared on Bloomberg Wednesday to blame the shambolic situation on the Biden administration, which greenlit the 5G rollout without addressing the safety fears of the aviation industry first. 'I need to be as candid as I normally am, and say this is one of the most delinquent, utterly irresponsible issue subjects, call it what you like, I've seen in my aviation career because it involves organs of government, manufacturers, science, etc. British Airways, Emirates, All Nippon and Japan Airlines, had canceled dozens of their scheduled flights to and from the US or put people on different flights using different aircraft. Air India canceled flights on Tuesday and are yet to put people on other services. Jadgish Rathor, who was due to fly to Delhi from Newark this morning, arrived at the airport to learn the flight had been canceled. 'They say the flight is canceled until further notice.
Grooovy baby! Obama's daughters BOTH relocate to LA as Malia, 23, is pictured on smoke break from screenwriting while college student Sasha, 20, strolls in VERY colorful ensemble
Malia, 23, reportedly has a position on the writing staff of a new Amazon project by Donald Glover. She was photographed in a yellow sweater and cropped green pants enjoying a cigarette outside and looking at her phone. After reportedly looking at scripts at a cafe, she met up with a photographer friend who took her picture. Sasha, 20, was seen walking in denim overalls layered over a sleeveless top and a tie-dye patchwork zip-up sweater. Though she matriculated at the University of Michigan in 2017, she is rumored to have transferred to USC. Both of the Obama daughters were with their parents in Hawaii over Christmas and New Year's.
Devastated parents of murdered Barnard College student Tessa Majors watch her killer get MINIMUM 14-year sentence for knifing her to death in as he tried to steal her iPhone in NYC park
The teen convicted of killing Barnard College student Tessa Majors was sentenced to 14 years behind bars Wednesday. Rashaun Weaver, 16, the third and final suspect in the slaying that shocked New York City in 2019, apologized to Majors' mom and dad in Manhattan Supreme Court just before learning his fate. The family of the 18-year-old college freshman from Virginia submitted an emotional victim impact statement that was read in court Wednesday. 'This is a victim impact statement,' the victim's statement read. 'The victim is Tess Majors. Tess Majors cannot say how being murdered impacted her because she is dead. She is dead forever and will not be coming back.' Weaver pleaded guilty last month to murder and robbery charges in the botched mugging on December 11, 2019 in Morningside Park, which is near the Manhattan campuses of Barnard College and Columbia University.
Scrap voter ID and let felons vote: The Democrats' so-called 'voting rights' bill is really a progressive wish list that steals state powers and promotes a phony election conspiracy, writes JIM GERAGHTY
GERAGHTY: The legislation is a massive power grab, removing authority from state legislatures and state courts and putting all the decision-making in Washington. The biggest joke of it all is that Democrats are trying to blow up the filibuster to stop alleged voter suppression immediately after a presidential election with the highest voter turnout of the 21st century, and the largest increase in voters between two presidential elections on record with 17 million more people voting than in 2016. An astounding 67 percen t of all citizens age 18 and older reported voting, up 5 percentage points from 2016. Turnout rates in 2020 was higher among every ethnic group - whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. In a country with no shortage of real problems, our system of conducting elections are working quite well. Leave it to Joe Biden and Senate Democrats to want to drastically overhaul one of the few parts of American government that isn't broken.
How Liberal media kept Brianna Kupfer story OFF their homepages and when they did run it they DIDN'T use his picture and made no mention of his enormous rap sheet
A number of popular left-leaning news outlets - including the Los Angeles Times, CNN, and ABC News - lacked information on accused killer Shawn Laval Smith's criminal history and many did not use a photograph of the attacker on their homepages. Police say Smith is their chief suspect in the stabbing death of 24-year-old Brianna Kupfer, who was attacked last Thursday while working alone at a high-end LA furniture store.
NYPD cops hunt thug who shoved 81-year-old man walking his dog - then flipped him off as he walked away
The older man was simply taking his dog out for a walk in Yorkville on Manhattan's Upper East Side when a man, wearing jeans and a gray zip-up jacket, shoved him to the ground on Christmas. The assailant purposely walked between the man and his companion on 86th and Henderson Place even after the older man moved out of his way. He didn't stop after the assault, only turning back once to flip the 81-year-old off. The NYPD is now offering a $3,500 reward for anyone with information regarding the man's identity.
'Hitler should have killed you all': Disgusting moment Brooklyn woman SPITS on Jewish boy, 8, and his two siblings spewing anti-Semitic bile
A woman approached an eight-year-old boy who was with two of his siblings in Brooklyn and made anti-Semitic statements to them all before spitting on them. The suspect was caught on camera as she approached the children in Marine Park. After approaching the kids, aged seven and two and spitting on them, she turned back and walked off.
'My guess is Putin WILL move in': Biden says Russia will roll over Ukraine and warns of crippling dollar sanctions (but says he might get away with a 'minor incursion')
President Joe Biden said his guess is that Russia will 'move in' when asked if Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine, saying he was 'very concerned' about the situation there. Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border. Biden said he is not sure of Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, and that it may depend 'what side of the bed' he wakes up on.
Obsessed much? Biden blames GOP for his failed agenda and says Trump is intimidating the entire party: Claims five Republican senators told him they will lose primaries if they defy ex-president and vote with Dems
President Joe Biden claimed five Republican senators have told him they'd vote alongside Democrats on various bills, but expressed fear former President Donald Trump would unleash a primary challenger if they stepped out of line. 'I've had five Republican senators talk to me, bump in to me ... or sit with me. Who have told me that they agree with whatever I'm talking about for them to do. "But Joe, if I do it I'm getting defeated in a primary,"' Biden said Wednesday at a press conference marking the end of his first year in office. 'We've gotta break that, it's gotta change.'
Actor Gaspard Ulliel, 37, - star of Bleu de Chanel commercials, Hannibal Rising and new Marvel series Moon Knight - dies in Alps ski accident while not wearing helmet
French actor Gaspard Ulliel who stars in the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight has died aged 37 in a skiing accident. The star, who gained international attention for his portrayal of a young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising, was hospitalised after Tuesday's accident in the Alps. The father-of-one, who was also the face of the Chanel men's fragrance Bleu de Chanel, was not wearing a helmet when he crashed into another skier at the intersection of two blue slopes in the Rosiere resort in Savoie, France.
'Racist' Teddy Roosevelt statue is removed from outside NYC's Natural History Museum under cover of darkness and loaned to North Dakota after more than eight decades in situ
The 'Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt,' commissioned in 1925 and unveiled to the public in 1940, was removed from the steps of NYC's Natural History Museum under cover of darkness in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The monument, which depicts Roosevelt on a horse with a Native American man and an African man on foot at his side, has been criticized by some as a symbol of colonialism and racism. The museum on its website said it was proud of its long association with the Roosevelt family, adding: 'At the same time, the statue itself communicates a racial hierarchy the Museum and members of the public have long found disturbing.' In early December, two weeks after the removal was announced, the museum covered the statue under tarp and scaffolding. Its new home will be the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Medora, North Dakota, where it will remain on long-term loan.
Ivanka's deal of the century! Trump Organization valued Park Avenue apartment at $25million despite giving President's daughter an option to buy it for just $8million, NY AG James claims in tax fraud case against the family
A legal filing by New York AG Letitia James' office says the Trump Organization valued Ivanka Trump's apartment at up to $25 million - but gave her an option to buy it at just $8.5 million. She leased the Park Avenue apartment on 'extraordinarily favorable terms,' according to the filing. James on Tuesday evening announced that she was seeking a court order to force the Trumps to testify. 'We have uncovered significant evidence' that the firm 'used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain economic benefits,' she said.
Married gay couple visiting Mexico from Texas are found tortured, shot and dismembered in two trash bags 17 miles apart in Ciudad Juárez
A lesbian couple from Texas was tortured and shot dead before the bodies were dismembered and left in two garbage bags on a street in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez. The two women were identified as Nohemí Medina Martínez and Yulizsa Ramírez, both of El Paso, according to the Chihuahua State Office of the Attorney General. The bags containing their bodies were found approximately 17 miles apart of each other on a stretch of the Juárez-El Porvenir road Sunday morning.
Roseanne Barr's daughter Jenny reveals stark contrast between 'prime-time-friendly' version of her family's life that inspired hit sitcom - and the 'R-rated' reality of infidelity, an illegitimate child, and drug overdoses
Jenny Pentland, 45, opened up about how the ABC series 'Roseanne' was based on her family in an excerpt from her new memoir, 'This Will Be Funny Later.' Her mother played Roseanne Conner, 'a prime-time friendly version of herself,' while her father was the inspiration for Roseanne's husband Dan. The characters of Becky, Darlene, and D.J. were based on Pentland, her sister Jessica, and her little brother Jake. Pentland explained that what was happening in their lives became 'increasingly rated R,' and a lot of things were left out in later seasons of the show. Barr divorced Bill in 1990 after 16 years of marriage following her affair with comedian Tom Arnold, who she married that same year. In real life, the TV mom also had a secret daughter, Brandi Brown, who was born before her first marriage and put up for adoption before they later reunited. Pentland and her older sister Jessica were sent to multiple reform schools and psychiatric institutions in response to their rebellion and drug use as teens. The writer admitted she 'resented Parallel Jenny's simple life,' noting that neither Becky nor Darlene suffered from PTSD or anxiety disorders from being locked up.
An unidentified Michigan man, 25, launched his car over a bridge that runs over US 131 on the afternoon of January 14, flipping it. The man drove up an embankment near exit 68 before dangerously launching his vehicle over the bridge, leaving behind what appears to be his front bumper. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police have reported that the man was intoxicated at the time and would receive a medical evaluation and a blood test to confirm. Once the evaluation comes back, police will decide if they want to arrest and place charges on him.
25-year-old single mother of twins reveals she was left to raise her babies alone after her boyfriend ABANDONED her at seven-weeks pregnant when she refused to get an abortion
NEW Maia Knight, 25, from New York, has found fame on TikTok by documenting her life with her nine-month-old fraternal twins Violet and Scout. In a recent clip, she reflected on her ex's heartbreaking response to her surprise pregnancy and the months leading up to the birth of her daughters last year. Maia explained that her boyfriend at the time told her to get an abortion and stop contacting him when she found out she was pregnant with twins. At 34 weeks, she was diagnosed with preeclampsia and taken to hospital three hours away after she started having contractions and went into heart failure. Maia's daughters were born prematurely on March 22, 2021, and spent three weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit. She said it was her love for her 'amazing little girls' that made her realize she had the support of her family and friends and could handle being a single mom.
Mexican TV anchor in live outburst branding anti-vaxxers a 'gaggle of morons who are hitting the brakes for entire world'
Leonardo Schwebel (main, inset), a presenter for the Telediaro Guadalajara, ranted at those who have refused to be jabbed and told them to at least wear a face mask properly. Schwebel, who angrily screamed at the camera during a live broadcast this week, accused the anti-vaxxers of 'hitting the breaks for the entire world'. In an emotional outburst, Schwebel said: 'You damned anti-vaxxers, gaggle of morons.'
Meet the in-laws! Brooklyn Beckham will count Nicola Peltz's billionaire Trump-loving father and model mother in his new family - as well as her NINE siblings including an actor and figure skater (and they won't be short of a mansion to stay in)
As details of Brooklyn Beckham 's April wedding to Nicola Peltz (inset) emerge, FEMAIL look at how the 22-year-old photographer will be marrying into a family whose fortune dwarves his own - with helicopters, mansions and a team of staff an everyday reality for his actress fiancée. While Brooklyn is arguably among the most famous British celebrity offspring worth £350million, American starlet Nicola, 27, is certainly no stranger to a life of wealth and fame, with her businessman father Nelson Peltz, 79, estimated to be worth £1.3 billion. Nelson, a former top Trump supporter, shares eight of his ten children with his third model wife (both seen centre) of 35 years Claudia Heffner Peltz, and the pair count a 27-bedroom mansion complete with ice hockey rink and a flock of albino peacocks, top right, as well as a £76million, 44,000sq ft home in Palm Beach,bottom right, - the reported wedding venue - as their homes. Despite being born into wealth, Nicola's siblings have also carved out their own successful careers, with her brother Brad, 32, an ice hockey player, and Will, 35, an American actor best known for his roles in Unfriended and Men, Women & Children. Far left: Nicola's only sister Brittany, 30, is a figure skater. Centre inset: The Beckham and Peltz family together.
When Sally (almost) met Harry! Meg Ryan rides her bike on Meghan and Harry's private Montecito road after buying $9.5million estate nearby
DailyMail.com spotted actress Meg Ryan riding her bike on Harry and Meghan's private road in Montecito, California. In her biking helmet, Meg rode on their street despite signs warning that read, 'Right to pass by permission and subject to control of owner'. The area is closely monitored with cameras and other security features. Meg purchased a five bedroom, six bathroom home, with an 800 square foot guest house for $9.5 million, just 1.2 miles away from the famous couple.A local tells DailyMail.com, 'Meg riding her bike in there shows she's just like the rest of us, hoping to get a glimpse of them'.
The cat that got ALL the cream! A 28lb Russian kitten weighing the same as a two-year-old child is so big it is confused for a dog - and his owner says he is still growing
A huge two-stone cat from Russia that is thought to be the world's largest is so big it is often confused for a dog. Kefir, named after the fermented milk drink, is an oversized Maine Coon belonging to Yulia Minina in Stary Oskol. She bought Kefir nearly two years ago as a kitten and says the pet is still growing. Kefir even has the same weight as an average two-year-old child. The breed hails from the state of Maine in the US and is considered one of the oldest homegrown breeds in the country. On average, males weigh up to 18lbs while females weigh up to 12lbs.
Leave it to the professionals! Bizarre photos capture VERY strange interior design decisions - from a bathtub in the kitchen to fake grass on the bathroom floor
The snaps, collated in a gallery by Bored Panda, were shared on the Facebook group You Should Have Hired An Architect which has more than 31,000 members. The group is 'dedicated' to examples of why it is a bad idea to take on a build job without an architect. One unusual home included a bath-tub in the kitchen (main), a bizarre staircase (left inset) and a dangerous driveway (right inset). Meanwhile other snaps showed a wooden column in the centre of a kitchen (bottom right) and a commercial toilet stall in a bathroom (top right)
Dozens of tiny little hoodoos - which are typically rock formations made from strong winds and erosion - popped up along Lake Michigan after a cold and windy January. The tiny sand sculptures measure up to 15 inches and look like little chess pieces dotting the shorelines of St. Joseph, 80 miles from Grand Rapids. Although hoodoos pop up yearly in the state, they only last up to a few days, collapsing as the weather gets warmer. Rock hoodoos aren't native to Michigan alone, and can be seen throughout the US and Europe. It is typically found in hot, dry places, like Utah and Italy, and are usually made of rock or clay and can reach up to 200 feet.
The ultimate mom fail! 'Exhausted' mother-of-four is left mortified after realizing she's been celebrating her three-year-old son's birthday on the WRONG DAY for the last TWO YEARS
Emily Vondrachek, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, was totally embarrassed when she discovered that she didn't know her own son's birthday. She explained in a TikTok video that her pediatrician had called to work out a billing problem they were having with the insurance company. According to Emily, she told the doctors office that her son Henry's birthday was on February 26, 2018 - but the insurance company had it listed for February 25. She insisted that the insurance company was wrong, but after going back to an old Facebook post, she realized she was actually the one that was wrong. It turns out, she had been celebrating the tot's birthday on the incorrect day for two whole years.
Time to leg-go! Base jumper dangles from his partner's legs after they plunge into clouds from 3280ft Italian cliff in breathtaking stunt
Tom Newberry and Callum Coldwell-Story, travelled to Mount Brento, Italy where they jumped together from the 3,280ft cliff into a valley covered by cloud while being carried by a single parachute. Tom steered the parachute away from the cliff face and through the thick cloud until the valley below came into view. Then Callum dropped into a free fall, opening his own parachute after a few seconds.
Watch the birdie! Endangered Philippine eagle chick is fed by a hand puppet designed to look like its parent in surreal footage from conservation centre
The seven-week-old eaglet, named Chick 29, is being cared for at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao, Philippines and is being 'puppet reared' to help prepare the young bird of prey for the wild. Footage, taken on January 17, showed the white-feathered chick being fed from a pair of large tweezers through the mouth of the puppet. In the video, the eaglet can be seen taking small chunks of food from the conservationist under the disguise of the puppet - and the charity have said it is to prevent the chick 'getting used to human presence'. The foundation wrote on their Facebook page: 'Chick 29 at one week old enjoying a meal with the help of an eagle hand puppet. We used puppet rearing to keep Chick 29 from getting used to human presence. Limited human contact can help ensure a successful natural pairing with another eagle. But not anytime soon as Chick 29 is still living the life as the PEC's bunso (baby)! The eagle chick was born on December 4 and comes five years after the last eaglet, Sakura, was hatched at the Philippine Eagle Center.
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How much can this little guy eat? Incredible photos show Australian kookaburra swallowing a duckling WHOLE in just 15 minutes
The Aussie icon - famous for its crescendo chuckling-call - grabbed the baby duckling and flew to a perch in a Caringbah back garden in Sydney where it was caught on camera. The carnivore bird - which normally feeds on small rodents and reptiles - took a staggering 15 minutes to spin it round and swallow headfirst. Photographer Helen Grant said she would have tried to save the black duck duckling if it had still be alive, but it was dead when the kookaburra arrived.
Do they serve spirits? British pub owners say bar is HAUNTED after items move on their own, moving shadows are spotted and staff are too scared to go into the cellar
Sisters Richelle Stocks (right) and Ashleigh Naisbitt have been forced to call out police to the Black and Grey pub in Morpeth, Northumberland over a series of 'strange' supernatural incidents. Spooky CCTV footage from the bar shows objects moving on their own and dark shapes appearing out of nowhere. One clip shows a pen appearing to spin unaided on a Richelle's hand (left) and a broom moving on its own. The pair, who took on the pub in August last year, said soon after they heard loud banging downstairs and fearful their pub was being burgled rang the police - who rushed over only to find the building empty.