white house – Tribune Tower http://tribunetower.info/ Sun, 27 Mar 2022 12:29:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tribunetower.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/tribune-120x120.png white house – Tribune Tower http://tribunetower.info/ 32 32 $8.5million ‘White House’ style mansion in Thornhill https://tribunetower.info/8-5million-white-house-style-mansion-in-thornhill/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 12:33:20 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/8-5million-white-house-style-mansion-in-thornhill/ THORNHILL Location: 12 Thornbank Road, Center St. and Yonge St. Ask for a price: $8,500,000 Cut: approximately 8,172 sq. ft. plus 3,880 sq. ft. of finished basement Parcel: 100 feet by 300 feet, integrated four car garage, circular driveway, inground pool Taxes: $30,825 (2021) Bedrooms: 5 plus 1 Bathrooms : 8 With approximately $1 million […]]]>

THORNHILL

Location: 12 Thornbank Road,

Center St. and Yonge St.

Ask for a price: $8,500,000

Cut: approximately 8,172 sq. ft. plus 3,880 sq. ft. of finished basement

Parcel: 100 feet by 300 feet, integrated four car garage, circular driveway, inground pool

Taxes: $30,825 (2021)

Bedrooms: 5 plus 1

Bathrooms : 8

With approximately $1 million in recent renovations, this custom “White House” style mansion features an elevator, marble floors, an imperial staircase, and balconies in all rooms.

It also has a saltwater pool, a gazebo and a heated shed with fireplace, bathroom and outdoor shower.

“Our house is like the White House,” says owner Maryam Alvandi. “My husband and I enjoyed everything about this amazing home, from the massive kitchen with two center islands, to the deluxe living room, family room, and dining room that easily facilitated our social gatherings.

“Our spacious basement with its bar was used for large parties, where our guests enjoyed playing table tennis and billiards,” adds Alvandi.

Kitchen highlights include two islands, marble flooring, ceramic tile backsplash, built-in appliances, walk-in pantry, adjoining breakfast area, and double door walkout.

The home is close to parks, a golf club, Oakbank Pond, schools, cafes, restaurants, and shopping, with easy access to highways. 7 and 407.

“Custom-built in 2009, this European-inspired mansion features a circular gated driveway, 22-foot-tall entrance hall, imperial marble staircase, two laundry rooms, shower floor on the lower level, underfloor heating and high ceilings throughout,” says listing agent Sue Mills. “Additionally, for security, the house is equipped with lighting/sound/ security and automation of the swimming pool controlled by mobile.”

The library has hardwood flooring, a wooden coffered ceiling, wainscoting and wall-to-wall recessed shelving.

This grand estate features a white stucco facade, columns, large bay windows with balconies above interlocking walkways, gardens, and double-entrance gates.

Inside, the impressive foyer has marble floors, a high ceiling with a circular domed skylight, a two-piece bathroom, and a closet.

The formal dining room features a coffered ceiling with moldings and details, a chandelier, marble flooring and a large picture window.

Living room highlights include marble flooring and a coffered ceiling, gas fireplace, huge picture window, and separate sitting area with a chandelier.

The formal dining room features a coffered ceiling with crown molding and detailing, a chandelier, marble flooring, a large bay window and two large arched windows.

A marble floor, a coffered ceiling, a gas fireplace and a huge bay window are among the highlights of the living room.

Kitchen highlights include an island, another island/breakfast bar, marble flooring, two chandeliers, two sinks, high-end built-in appliances, a pantry, a double door walkout and a adjoining breakfast room with a bay window.

The family room has a gas fireplace, built-ins, a coffered ceiling, three large windows and a marble floor.

The second-floor master bedroom has hardwood flooring, a balcony walkout, floor-to-ceiling windows, walk-in closet, and seven-piece bathroom.

The library features hardwood flooring, wainscoting, a wooden coffered ceiling, and wall-to-wall recessed shelving. Another two-piece bathroom completes this floor.

Upstairs, the master bedroom features a double entry door, hardwood floors, balcony exit, floor-to-ceiling windows, a walk-in closet, and a seven-piece bathroom.

The lower level game room has hardwood flooring, wet bar, separate ping pong and pool tables, and walkout.

The second floor also has a utility room and four further bedrooms, all with balconies, walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms.

Lower level highlights include a recreation room with a bar and exit, as well as pool and table tennis areas, home theater, laundry room, exercise room, steam room with shower, bedroom and a three-piece bathroom.

To visit this property, contact the SEO agents Sue Mills and Daniel Dalaki, Royal LePage Signature Realty, Brokerage, 416-443-0300; www.themillsteam.ca.

Home of the Week is written by freelance contributor Allison Harness, a Toronto-based real estate writer. Although we try to provide the most up-to-date information available, we cannot guarantee the features listed. Please contact the real estate agent. To submit a Home of the Week submission, email soldhome@rogers.com.
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A-Rod, once despised by Trump, group buys his DC hotel https://tribunetower.info/a-rod-once-despised-by-trump-group-buys-his-dc-hotel/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 16:35:22 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/a-rod-once-despised-by-trump-group-buys-his-dc-hotel/ Former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, once reviled by Donald Trump as a ‘druggie’ and a ‘joke’ unworthy of wearing the stripes, is now a key part of an investment group looking to buy the rights of the former president’s Washington, DC, marquee hotel, people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. A-Rod’s […]]]>

Former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, once reviled by Donald Trump as a ‘druggie’ and a ‘joke’ unworthy of wearing the stripes, is now a key part of an investment group looking to buy the rights of the former president’s Washington, DC, marquee hotel, people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

A-Rod’s involvement in the $375 million deal, which could close within weeks, would make the athlete-turned-entrepreneur an unlikely financial savior for Trump, allowing him to recoup the millions he has invested and maybe even come out with a profit from his lost money. Hotel.

“It’s just more proof that the only thing that matters to Trump is money,” said Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio. “If A-Rod can bail Trump out and get him out of a tight spot and help him turn a profit, he’s going to take this deal. He’d take it from Hillary Clinton.”

While reports late last year identified the buyer as Miami-based CGI Merchant Group, the rental rights to the 263-bedroom property near the White House are actually being bought by a managed fund. by CGI which includes Rodriguez as a general partner, two people familiar with the deal told the AP. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the deal, declined to detail Rodriguez’s involvement other than to say he is a key investor.

One of the sources identified the fund as the $650 million Hotel Opportunities Fund that CGI, Rodriguez and New York real estate financier Adi Chugh created in late 2020 to buy hotels with plummeting valuations due to coronavirus shutdowns and rebranding them as a collection of “socially conscious” and “eco-friendly” properties.

But the Trump International Hotel in Washington might not be such a great deal. If the deal is finalized at the currently offered price of $375 million, far higher than pundits predicted, it could allow Trump to emerge with a profit after losing tens of millions of dollars on the hotel so even he has become a magnet for lobbyists, diplomats and GOP supporters.

Taking $375 million would more than offset the $200 million Trump’s company invested in renovating the historic former federally owned post office building into a luxury hotel after signing a lease with the General Services Administration in 2012, as well as the $70 million a congressional oversight committee said the hotel lost during Trump’s four years in office.

Real estate experts say a more realistic price in the current Washington market would be $1 million per room, or about $260 million. But hotel brokers, consultants and other experts contacted by AP say it is extremely difficult to determine the fair value of this particular property, in part because it is a lease in the process of being sold. Additionally, the only name above the door since it opened more than five years ago is Trump’s and it’s unclear how many guests might enter once those five divisive letters are removed.

Rodriguez, reached through his spokesperson on Monday, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the Trump Organization. CGI and Surya Capital, the third partner in the hotel fund led by Indian-born investor Chugh, declined to comment. The GSA, which must approve any lease transfer, also did not respond to a request for comment.

News of Rodriguez’s involvement in the Trump Hotel deal brings two infamously polarizing figures together and has thrown a new spotlight on their often tumultuous relationship.

Trump, a longtime Yankees fan, said in a 2012 radio interview that he had never been a fan of Rodriguez – either as a player or as a person – citing an unspecified ‘bad experience’ he had with A-Rod when he lived at Trump’s Park Avenue building.

Trump also tweeted about A-Rod dozens of times, mostly between 2011 and 2013 before Major League Baseball suspended Rodriguez for the entire 2014 season for use and possession of banned performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone. and human growth hormone, and attempting to obstruct MLB’s investigation.

“The @Yankees should stop paying A-Rod immediately – he signed his contract without telling them he was a junkie,” @realDonaldTrump said on Opening Day 2013.

“Druggie A-Rod disgraced the blessed organization @Yankees, lied to fans & embarrassed NYC. He doesn’t deserve to wear the stripes,” Trump said in another tweet.

But in recent years, there seemed to be a cooling. Trump praised A-Rod when the two appeared together at a charity reception at his Bronx golf course in 2015. And Trump reportedly called the All-Star 14 times at the start of the pandemic in 2020 for advice on how to deal with the coronavirus.

That didn’t stop Rodriguez and his then-fiancée Jennifer Lopez from appearing in an online campaign ad for Joe Biden just weeks before the 2020 presidential election, urging Hispanic voters to run for the democrat.

A-Rod’s prior political activity included donations to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Republican Mitt Romney in 2012, a gift Trump felt compelled to tweet at the time: “I started to worried a lot about Mitt’s chances when I heard A-Rod donated to his campaign. Everything A-Rod touches goes wrong.”

Since Rodriguez, 46,’s playing days ended in 2016, he has focused heavily on investing, including being part of a $1.5 billion deal last year to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA. Rodriguez also owns numerous office, retail, and residential properties, and stakes in dozens of businesses, including online grocery stores, private plane sharing, a beer brand, and gym and fitness chains. yoga.

Rodriguez was an enthusiastic supporter of the $650 million Hospitality Opportunity Fund when it launched in December 2020 with plans to buy more than 20 hotels, praising lead investor CGI for its socially responsible investing approach that focuses on helping “the communities he calls home”.

Jamaican-born CGI chief executive Raoul Thomas has made major donations to Democratic politicians and is turning to an increasingly popular marketing strategy that promises to tackle social injustice and global warming . The website of CGI, which owns mostly office and retail properties in the Miami area, touts what it calls “certified mindful” properties that help local groups working on social, health and environmental issues. and are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.

The fund has so far purchased and renovated two hotels under the Gabriel name in the Miami area and a third on the campus of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, a deal that included $30 million from CGI for the historically black school is developing a hotel and hospitality training program.

If the Trump Hotel purchase follows this pattern, a property that was once filled with GOP politicians rallying to a president who ridiculed “woke” liberal culture and once called global warming a “Chinese hoax” will would end up pledging 1% of the chamber’s revenue to local charities, buying from local businesses and using eco-friendly products.

Trump biographer D’Antonio said, “The idea of ​​someone taking over this citadel with reckless right-wing excess and turning it into a haven for socially and environmentally conscious people is delightful.”

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Condon reported from New York. News researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed to this report.

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Waffle House shooter gets life in prison without the possibility of parole https://tribunetower.info/waffle-house-shooter-gets-life-in-prison-without-the-possibility-of-parole/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 19:17:27 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/waffle-house-shooter-gets-life-in-prison-without-the-possibility-of-parole/ NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man who shot and killed four people at a Waffle House in Nashville in 2018 was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole on Saturday. Jurors handed down the sentence of Travis Reinking, 33, after hearing about two hours of testimony from family members of the four people killed. […]]]>

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man who shot and killed four people at a Waffle House in Nashville in 2018 was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole on Saturday.

Jurors handed down the sentence of Travis Reinking, 33, after hearing about two hours of testimony from family members of the four people killed. They were sobbing and shaking as they talked about their loved ones and how their loss continues to shatter their lives more than three years later. Jurors had the option of giving Reinking the option of parole after serving 51 years in prison.

Naked except for a green jacket, Reinking opened fire inside the restaurant just after 3:20 a.m. on April 22, 2018, killing 29-year-old Taurean Sanderlin; Joey Perez, 20; Akilah Dasilva, 23; and DeEbony Groves, 21. He fled after restaurant boss James Shaw Jr. snatched his assault rifle, sparking a manhunt.

“I’ve always been someone they say is unbreakable because no matter what our family has been through, I’ll always be the one to raise our family,” Patricia Perez said in tears of the loss of her son Joey. . “It broke me.”

On Friday, jurors rejected Reinking’s insanity defense, finding him guilty of 16 counts, including four counts of first-degree murder. The trial opened on Monday after jury selection the previous week. Prosecutors in 2020 indicated they would not seek the death penalty and would seek life without parole.

Reinking’s defense team, which did not call any sentencing witnesses on Saturday, argued for the possibility of parole, saying he was mentally free. Prosecutors argued that evidence shows Reinking planned the attack and wanted to kill everyone at the restaurant.

Prosecutors also drew the attention of jurors to the heartbreaking testimonies of family members. Shaundelle Brooks said her son Akilah Dasilva was a gifted artist, brilliant student and talented musician who built his own computer to work on his music, which he used to urge people to turn away from gun violence.

“He loved his family, but most of all Akilah wanted to live,” Brooks said tearfully. “He wanted to create positive change in this world. He showed compassion, not anger. He spread love, not hate.”

Evidence at trial showed Reinking suffered from schizophrenia and suffered from delusions for years, believing strangers tormented him. He contacted law enforcement several times to report that he was being threatened, stalked and harassed. In July 2017, he was arrested by the Secret Service after venturing unarmed into a restricted area on the grounds of the White House and asking to meet then-President Donald Trump.

The Illinois State Police, where he was living at the time, revoked the identification of the Reinking State gun owner. But that only meant he had to hand over his guns to someone else with a valid ID. Reinking returned the guns to his father, who then returned them to his son.

Since law enforcement refused to take his delusions seriously, Reinking began to feel that they and other random people were part of a conspiracy against him, psychologists testified. Shortly before the attack, he believed someone had drugged him, broken into his apartment, and raped him. Reinking told psychologists that while praying for what to do, he was told by God to go to the Waffle House and shoot three people.

To prove that Reinking was not guilty by reason of insanity, the defense lawyers had to show not only that he suffered from a serious mental illness which prevented him from understanding the wrongfulness of his actions.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Reinking was calm and cooperative after his arrest, able to understand and respond to commands. Although Reinking was naked when he left the crime scene, when he was captured nearly two days later he was fully clothed and carrying a backpack loaded with bottled water, sunscreen, a pistol, ammunition, a Bible and several silver bars. And they mentioned that he asked to speak to a lawyer after his arrest.

Prosecutors suggested Reinking was acting out of revenge. He noted that days before the shooting, Reinking had stolen a BMW from a dealership. Reinking wrote in a diary about his plans to go to Colorado, describing a life in which he would hang out with friends, smoke marijuana, hike in the mountains and “take back” cars and houses so as not to have to work, a prosecutor said. .

After police recovered the BMW the next day, he wrote, “This time I should punish them by taking something they couldn’t take back, a part of their own life,” the prosecutor said.

Prosecutors also pointed to Reinking’s own account of the shooting: He said that after he killed Perez, “I felt like I was going to vomit because it was something God told me to do, but it was wrong.”

The jury also found Reinking guilty of four counts of attempted first degree murder and four counts of unlawful use of a firearm while committing or attempting to commit a dangerous crime. In addition to the four people he killed, he seriously injured Sharita Henderson and Shantia Waggoner. Kayla Shaw and James Shaw Jr., who are unrelated, suffered less serious injuries.

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White House: No “system game” on the choice of the Supreme Court https://tribunetower.info/white-house-no-system-game-on-the-choice-of-the-supreme-court/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 21:00:51 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/white-house-no-system-game-on-the-choice-of-the-supreme-court/ WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will meet with leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court vacancy and the president’s promise to appoint a black woman to the High Court. Aides said Biden’s list of potential nominees was more than three. The White House also on Monday pushed […]]]>

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will meet with leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court vacancy and the president’s promise to appoint a black woman to the High Court. Aides said Biden’s list of potential nominees was more than three.

The White House also on Monday pushed back against the idea that the president would be open to “gaming the system” by choosing a candidate based solely on his likelihood of garnering bipartisan support.

Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Ranking Minority Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will meet with Biden at the White House to review potential candidates to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who has announced his retirement last week. Biden himself served as head of the Judiciary Committee when he was a senator and chaired the confirmations of six High Court picks, including Breyer.

“He is immersed in this process,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday, “and eagerly awaits guidance from members of both parties on the Hill as well as the nation’s top legal and academic experts. . I think you’ll see those consultations begin this week.”

Biden has said since his campaign that he would nominate a black woman to the highest court in the land and he personally interviewed a few of the candidates when they were under consideration for a federal judicial nomination. Some Republicans have already expressed support for a candidate who is a frontrunner of South Carolina’s top Democratic ally, Rep. Jim Clyburn. But the White House pushed back on the idea of ​​picking a candidate just to gain bipartisan support, saying Biden would pick the best woman for the job, period.

“The president is going to select a woman, a black woman, who is qualified, who is prepared, who has impeccable experience to serve in the field. He is going to do it according to her credentials, of course by talking to her and not by playing on the system,” PSAki said.

The White House has yet to designate an official to lead the process. But White House officials expect top lawyers from the White House Legal Counsel’s Office as well as White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who has decades of experience working on candidates, assist in the selection process. Biden has promised a pick by the end of February.

Among the candidates under consideration are Ketanji Brown Jackson, who serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, U.S. District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright of Minnesota and Melissa Murray, professor of law at New York University. who is an expert in family law and reproductive rights justice.

U.S. District Court J. Michelle Childs, who was appointed to the same appellate circuit where Jackson presides, is Clyburn’s pick. Republican sensitivities Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, both of South Carolina, voiced their support for Childs.

Breyer, 83, will retire at the end of the term. Any nominee by Biden will not affect the balance of the Supreme Court, which is tilting 6-3 in favor of the conservatives after President Donald Trump appointed three justices to the court.

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In South Florida, Donald Trump offers luxury condos and hotels – but with his name on them? | national https://tribunetower.info/in-south-florida-donald-trump-offers-luxury-condos-and-hotels-but-with-his-name-on-them-national/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 02:17:07 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/in-south-florida-donald-trump-offers-luxury-condos-and-hotels-but-with-his-name-on-them-national/ MIAMI — New real estate venture Doral launched by former President Donald Trump includes the traditional trappings of its promotional book: luxury amenities, access to top-notch golf, and a swaggering statement from Trump himself touting it as “can- to be the most exciting development in the Country.” But as described in an application to the […]]]>

MIAMI — New real estate venture Doral launched by former President Donald Trump includes the traditional trappings of its promotional book: luxury amenities, access to top-notch golf, and a swaggering statement from Trump himself touting it as “can- to be the most exciting development in the Country.”

But as described in an application to the city’s planning department, the proposed “Doral International Towers” complex lacks a mainstay of the celebrity mogul’s real estate businesses: the use of “Trump” in the name.

The four towers, which would rise 42 stories on the footprint of the existing Trump National Doral Miami complex, so far owe their name only to the city where they would be built and not to the 45th president who wants to build them.

“He gave us the name,” said Felix Lasarte, the Miami attorney and lobbyist hired by the Trump Organization to push the 2,000-plus-unit condominium project through the zoning and use process. lands of Doral. “He wants the focus to be on Doral.”

The proposed Doral project overlooking Northwest 87th Avenue and 36th Street could offer a case study in Trump’s branding after his first presidential term, which ended with the Republican falsely claiming he had winning an election, then overseeing an effort to nullify it.

Trump’s success as a famous real estate mogul and reality TV star has earned him one of the most famous names in real estate, with developers in Sunny Isles Beach, Fort Lauderdale and beyond. formerly paying licensing fees to place the Trump name on their towers.

In appealing its Miami-Dade County property taxes in 2018, an attorney for the Trump Doral said it was “seriously underperforming” compared to the Turnberry Golf Resort at Aventura and other competitors, partly blaming “a certain negative connotation with the brand”.

Doral was one of the closest towns to Miami-Dade County in the 2020 election, with Trump just leading Joe Biden 51% to 49%, according to an analysis by the Miami Herald.

Trump needs approval from Doral City Council to build the towers, with votes expected later this year. Construction could begin in late 2023, ahead of a 2024 presidential campaign. Trump hints he is ready to run for a second term in the White House.

The proposed towers would be about double the height of buildings at Doral’s new malls, Lasarte said, and are to be reviewed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Aviation.

With 2,222 proposed condos expected to sell in the $2 million range, the proposed project would also include approximately 82,000 square feet of retail and nearly 500,000 square feet of office space.

The complex itself would shrink from 643 hotel rooms to 470 after demolishing existing buildings. Two of the current 15 buildings would be demolished, Lasarte said.

The five-page letter of intent that Lasarte sent to the city on Jan. 14 outlining the project says “Trump National continues to be an internationally acclaimed and universally advertised golf destination,” but does not mention Donald Trump.

It describes the proposed project as “a mixed-use shopping center in the heart of the city’s downtown area which will be known as Doral International Towers”.

Trump bought the former Marriott out of bankruptcy in 2012. A disclosure document lists Trump as the beneficiary of the trust behind the entities that own the 54-acre property and its golf courses, including the famous ‘Blue Monster’ .

Will Trump keep his name out of the project?

News of the business came first from Trump. In a press release issued by his office on January 17, Trump celebrated the Blue Monster’s recent upgrades and announced an upcoming “Phase 1” expansion in Doral with luxury housing, commercial and commercial space. “This is perhaps the most exciting development in the country,” the statement said.

After inquiring with the Miami Herald about the absence of the Trump brand, Lasarte said the former president told him Monday night that the project would likely bear his name as well.

“He said, ‘These are work plans,'” Lasarte said. ”Trump Doral” is what he called it.

Copyright 2022 Tribune Content Agency.

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White House and U.S. Postal Service finalize plans to start shipping coronavirus test kits to U.S. households https://tribunetower.info/white-house-and-u-s-postal-service-finalize-plans-to-start-shipping-coronavirus-test-kits-to-u-s-households/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 04:00:17 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/white-house-and-u-s-postal-service-finalize-plans-to-start-shipping-coronavirus-test-kits-to-u-s-households/ [ad_1] The White House is finalizing details with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver 500 million coronavirus test kits to households across the country, according to four people familiar with the plans, kicking off a key part of the country’s response. President Joe Biden at the raging omicron variant. The administration will launch a website […]]]>


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The White House is finalizing details with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver 500 million coronavirus test kits to households across the country, according to four people familiar with the plans, kicking off a key part of the country’s response. President Joe Biden at the raging omicron variant.

The administration will launch a website for individuals to request rapid tests, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss private planning sessions. Officials aim to start shipping the kits by mid-January.

Test makers and distributors seeking to provide a share of the 500 million tests have submitted proposals to the government, and the Biden administration awarded its first purchase contract on Thursday evening, a person with knowledge of the test plan said. An official announcement on the effort could arrive as early as next week.

The Postal Service is currently negotiating with its four unions to expand the seasonal workforce – the roughly 40,000 people brought in each year to help the agency manage a glut of vacation packages. The agency moved 13.2 billion pieces of mail and packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

A White House representative declined to comment on this report. Representatives of the Postal Service did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Demand for tests has far exceeded supply in recent weeks, as millions of Americans traveled during the holiday season as the highly contagious variant of omicron began to spread. Biden announced on December 21 that his administration would buy and distribute 500 million rapid tests – as scenes unfolded across the country of people lining up outside pharmacies to buy tests or at community centers where some local governments have them. distributed to residents.

Earlier this month, as the shortages began, White House press secretary Jen Psaki played down the idea of ​​sending federally-provided tests across the country.

“Should we send one to every American?” She asked sarcastically during a press briefing on December 6. “So what if every American has a test? How much does it cost, and what happens next? “

Jeffrey Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters on Wednesday that manufacturers will begin providing testing to the federal government “within the next week or so.” He said the kits “would not disrupt or cannibalize in any way the tests that are on drugstore shelves and on websites and used in other settings.”

New confirmed infections in the United States have roughly quadrupled since Biden first announced plans to send Americans rapid tests, from around 155,467 cases on December 21 to nearly 611,000 cases on Tuesday. , the highest total in the pandemic, according to the Washington Post’s Seven-Day Moving Average.

The postal service has already been touted as a potential mechanism in the national response to the pandemic. The Trump administration had planned to ship 650 million reusable sheet masks to every U.S. household as of April 2020, as the country saw fewer than 30,000 new cases per day. The agency went so far as to write a press release on the program and even selected the communities where the first shipments would arrive.

But then-President Donald Trump rejected the plan over an ongoing feud with the Postal leadership and fears that sending the masks “could create concern or panic.” according to a Trump administration official.

Talks between the Biden administration and postal executives began in late December and gathered pace after Christmas, the four people involved in the planning said.

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Indo-American political adviser Gautam Raghavan elevated to key White House post: the Tribune India https://tribunetower.info/indo-american-political-adviser-gautam-raghavan-elevated-to-key-white-house-post-the-tribune-india/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 07:49:00 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/indo-american-political-adviser-gautam-raghavan-elevated-to-key-white-house-post-the-tribune-india/ [ad_1] Washington, December 11 US President Joe Biden has elevated Indo-American political adviser Gautam Raghavan to head the White House’s Office of Presidential Personnel. The White House Office of Presidential Personnel (PPO), also written as the Office of Presidential Personnel, is the White House office responsible for monitoring new appointees. The PPO is one of […]]]>


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Washington, December 11

US President Joe Biden has elevated Indo-American political adviser Gautam Raghavan to head the White House’s Office of Presidential Personnel.

The White House Office of Presidential Personnel (PPO), also written as the Office of Presidential Personnel, is the White House office responsible for monitoring new appointees. The PPO is one of the offices most responsible for evaluating candidates to work at or for the White House.

President Biden elevated Raghavan, who was currently deputy director of the OPP, to a key White House post on Friday after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced his intention to appoint Cathy Russell as the next executive director of UNICEF. Russell is currently the head of WH PPO.

Under Cathy’s leadership, the OPP has broken records for speed and diversity of hiring, working tirelessly to ensure that our federal government reflects America and respects the American people, Biden said.

“I am also delighted that Gautam Raghavan, who has worked in tandem with Cathy since day one, becomes the new Director of PPO – a smooth transition that will allow us to continue to build an efficient, effective, reliable and diverse federal workforce,” “He said in a statement.

A first generation immigrant, Raghavan was born in India, raised in Seattle, and graduated from Stanford University. He is the editor of the book “West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House”.

Raghavan, in his forties, is openly gay. He lives with his husband and their daughter in Washington, DC.

Raghavan has served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel since January 20, 2020. Previously, he was the first employee hired by the Biden-Harris Transition Team where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff. presidential appointments. . PTI

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ND Paper seeks group to relocate historic ‘white house’ https://tribunetower.info/nd-paper-seeks-group-to-relocate-historic-white-house/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 12:00:34 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/nd-paper-seeks-group-to-relocate-historic-white-house/ [ad_1] BIRON – ND Paper officials hope they can find a community partner to save the more than 150-year-old “white house” on the paper mill property. Francis Biron Sr. built the White House in 1865, according to Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune records. “The house is a pleasantly designed two-story building, architecturally graceful and massive without […]]]>


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BIRON – ND Paper officials hope they can find a community partner to save the more than 150-year-old “white house” on the paper mill property.

Francis Biron Sr. built the White House in 1865, according to Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune records.

“The house is a pleasantly designed two-story building, architecturally graceful and massive without being ostentatious,” said a December 15, 1934 article. “Today it is surrounded by lawns, stately old elm trees imported from the Orient and of gardens laid out in the 1960s.

The ceilings had intricate stucco work done by expert craftsmen from New York City, according to the article. The house, which covered 3,300 square feet of land, was made from “the finest hand-picked lumber.”

The house once had a “panoramic view” of the Wisconsin River and surrounding area, according to newspaper records. But, over time, the mill, which Francis Biron and his descendants owned and operated in the 1800s, arose around the White House, which had been a center of Biron-area society for years, according to the archives.

The White House would become the business offices of Consolidated Papers and at one point, according to records, held a school. Now ND Paper, the current owner of the mill, wants the historic house removed from ownership.

In a letter to village president Jon Evenson; Phil Brown, president of the South Wood County Historical Museum; the Mead Witter Foundation; and Historic Point Bass, Caleb Coder, general manager of Biron Mill, says the company wants to continue improving safety on plant property.

In 2022, ND wants to stop repairing and maintaining the former general manager’s house called the “white house”, according to the letter. The company hopes to find a community partner in the Biron area to buy the company’s house for $ 1 and move it to another location.

The White House does not match ND’s operational plans for the Biron plant, said Brennan Burks, ND Paper’s communications and government affairs manager. The house is close to the company’s main operating site and the new office space makes the house unnecessary for the business.

“We really hope that a community partner will be able to preserve it,” said Burks.

Burks is optimistic that a community partner finds a way to save the house. The letter sent by ND Paper set a deadline of December 31 for someone to notify the company of their intention to own the home. The deadline for interested buyers to submit a written plan for purchase and withdrawal is March 31. Before June 2, the buyer must remove the house from the property of the Biron mill.

The letter says that if no one comes forward to take possession and move it, ND Paper will do away with the White House as the company sees fit.

Burks said a group of interested local residents are planning to visit the house on Thursday, and other local groups have contacted him as well.

“From our perspective, we are very happy with the public interest,” said Burks.

Evenson has researched the house and intends to present the issue at the Monday village board meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Biron Municipal Center, 451 Kahoun Avenue, Biron.

Evenson said he wanted to get opinions on the future of the house from members of the village board. He is in doubt as to whether anyone will be able to move the house. Evenson said his knowledge of moving buildings is limited, but he thinks it would be a monumental task to move the two-story building.

Brown also has concerns about the future of the house.

“It’s really going to take a Herculean effort,” Brown said. “It’s a big, big house.”

The Biron mill was one of the first sawmills in central Wisconsin, Brown said. Francis Biron bought the mill in the 1840s, installed a new mill, and built his house nearby, Brown said.

“It would be a real shame to lose it,” said Brown, “but I don’t know of anyone who is willing to invest this money just yet.”

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White House holiday decor pays tribute to COVID-19 frontline workers https://tribunetower.info/white-house-holiday-decor-pays-tribute-to-covid-19-frontline-workers/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:41:15 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/white-house-holiday-decor-pays-tribute-to-covid-19-frontline-workers/ [ad_1] WASHINGTON – The holiday decorations unveiled Monday for Joe and Jill Biden’s first Christmas at the White House honor frontline workers who have persevered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses, doctors, teachers, grocery workers and more are recognized in this year’s gigantic Gingerbread White House, which this year has been transformed into a 350-pound (158.76 […]]]>


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WASHINGTON – The holiday decorations unveiled Monday for Joe and Jill Biden’s first Christmas at the White House honor frontline workers who have persevered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nurses, doctors, teachers, grocery workers and more are recognized in this year’s gigantic Gingerbread White House, which this year has been transformed into a 350-pound (158.76 kilograms) gingerbread village. ) with the addition of a school and police, firefighters and gas stations as well as a hospital, post office, grocery store and warehouse to honor workers who stayed on the job.

Fewer people are likely to see the decorated mansion in person this year, with public tours still suspended due to the continuing threat of COVID-19. But videos, photos and other details of the decorations can be viewed at WhiteHouse.gov/Holidays.

“Gifts from the Heart” is the theme.

“The things we hold sacred unite us and transcend distance, time and even the constraints of a pandemic: faith, family and friendship; love of the arts, learning and nature; gratitude, service and community; unity and peace, ”President Biden and his wife, Jill, say in a 2021 White House vacation commemorative guide.“ These are the gifts that bind the ropes of the heart of our lives. These are the gifts of the heart. “

Longtime community college teacher First Lady Jill Biden on Monday afternoon invited Maryland sophomores to help her unveil decorations that match the theme, which are said to be inspired by people the couple has. encountered on a trip across the country this year.

Frontline workers are also pictured in the iridescent doves and shooting stars that light up the east colonnade corridor, “representing the peace and light that all frontline workers and first responders bring to us during the pandemic,” indicates the White House guide.

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting White House vacations in other ways.

It was not clear how the White House would handle parties and receptions.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there would be parties, only that they would be “different” from those in previous years. An indication will come on Wednesday when President and First Lady and Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff light a menorah to celebrate Chanukah. Emhoff, who is Jewish, helped light the National Menorah on the Ellipse Sunday.

The volunteers who decorate the White House have only come from the surrounding area this year, instead of all over the United States as in previous years due to concerns over COVID-19.

The White House was also not immune to the supply issues that many Americans face. Some topiary trees took a bit longer to arrive, said social secretary Carlos Elizondo.

The other highlight of the White House vacation is the official Christmas tree, a 5.5-meter tall Fraser tree that commands the Blue Room and is trimmed with white doves and a ribbon with everyone’s names on it. US states and territories to celebrate peace and unity.

More than 100 volunteers decorated the White House, including the Oval Office, while the Bidens spent Thanksgiving week in Nantucket, Massachusetts. They pruned 41 Christmas trees and hung some 6,000 feet (2,000 yards) of ribbon and more than 10,000 ornaments.

Twenty-five wreaths adorn the exterior of the White House and nearly 79,000 lights illuminate Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and other holiday displays.

Christmas stockings for each of Biden’s grandchildren – Naomi, Finnegan, Maisy, Natalie, Hunter, and baby Beau – hang from the mantle of the fireplace in the State Dining Room, which celebrates the family, while the This stately room’s trees are decorated with framed Biden family photos and photos of other early families during the holiday season.

The decorations are the product of months of work by the first lady and her team in the east wing of the White House since June.

A sophomore class from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Md., Will help Jill Biden reveal the decorations later Monday. PBS KIDS characters Martin and Chris Kratt from the “Wild Kratts” program will also be in attendance.

Prior to a PBS student puppet show, the First Lady will read her 2012 children’s book, “Remember, God Bless Our Troops,” and deliver remarks.

She also invited a local National Guard family to highlight the role the Guard played in the U.S. response to COVID-19, and military families spending the holidays away from loved ones.

“As we celebrate our first holiday season at the White House, we are inspired by the Americans we have met across the country, reminding us time and time again that our differences are precious and our similarities are endless,” the Bidens wrote. . “We wish you a happy holiday season. As we look forward to a new year full of possibilities, may the gifts of the heart light our way to the future.”

Various interactive viewing experiences are yet to come on Instagram, Google Maps, Street View, Snapchat and other platforms, the White House said.

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White House: Biden intends to run again in 2024 https://tribunetower.info/white-house-biden-intends-to-run-again-in-2024/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 09:27:07 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/white-house-biden-intends-to-run-again-in-2024/ [ad_1] US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the US Debt Ceiling from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, United States, October 4, 2021 Reuters Biden, 79, has suffered a drop in his job approval scores in recent months, leading some Democrats to question whether he could run for another four-year […]]]>


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US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the US Debt Ceiling from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, United States, October 4, 2021 Reuters

Biden, 79, has suffered a drop in his job approval scores in recent months, leading some Democrats to question whether he could run for another four-year term.

US President Joe Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday.

Biden, 79, has suffered a drop in his job approval scores in recent months, leading some Democrats to question whether he could run for another four-year term.

“He is. That is his intention,” Psaki said as Biden flew on Air Force One for a Thanksgiving event with US troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Democrats were shaken by Republican victories in the Virginia state election earlier this month and a narrow Democratic victory in New Jersey.

Questions have arisen about the viability of Vice President Kamala Harris in 2024 if Biden decides not to stand for re-election. A recent USA TODAY / Suffolk University poll found her with a 28% job approval rating.

Biden underwent his first physical exam on Friday since taking office in January and doctors found he had a stiff gait and attributed frequent bouts of coughing to acid reflux. Doctors said he was fit to serve.

Biden’s political outlook appeared to have been bolstered last week by Congress passing a $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan. Still under debate, an additional $ 2 trillion in spending for a social safety net program.

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