The majority rules in most of the Nation's Capitol, but it's a different story in the US Senate, which has the power of the filibuster--at least for now. A filibuster requires the 100 member Senate to get 60 votes to move ahead on an issue. Now Democrats want to wipe it out. Washington correspondent Paul Strand says that decision could come back to bite them if they move forward on it. He's on today's CBN News Daily Rundown.
In January alone, 90,000 Americans lost their lives to COVID-19. Stopping the spread of the deadly virus means getting people vaccinated. The CDC says it's shipped 50 million doses, but only 31 million shots have been given. Long lines, sign-up errors, and low supplies are all contributing to the problem, but a third option could be available soon. Johnson & Johnson is expected to apply for emergency use authorization for its vaccine within days. Health correspondent Lorie Johnson is on today's CBN News Daily Rundown with details about the new vaccine.
As the Biden administration seeks a new path with Iran that could bring back the 2015 nuclear deal, Israel is sending its own signals to the regime. Officials announced this week that the military will have plans ready to strike Iran's nuclear program. CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell says Iran is dangerously close to Israel's red line. He's on today's CBN News Daily Rundown.
President Biden mentioned the idea of Supreme Court reform when he was a candidate, now he's taking the first steps. A bi-partisan commission is being created to study what reform is possible and the idea of court expansion will likely top the list. CBN News Washington correspondent Paul Strand has been covering this story and he says historically speaking that didn't go so well for the last administration that tried it. He's on today's CBN News Daily Rundown.
As of today, all construction on the wall at the US southern border must stop--the Biden administration--working to reverse much of former President Trump's immigration policy. Now, migrants are flooding into Mexico, hopeful they'll have an easier time making it into the US. CBN News contributor Chuck Holton is just outside of El Paso, Texas. He's been speaking with migrants, border patrol agents, and even Mexican immigration officials and says the situation there is changing rapidly. He's on today's CBN News Daily Rundown.
On day one, Joe Biden signed an executive order preventing discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation and requiring all people to receive equal treatment. He specifically mentioned students and access to restrooms, locker rooms, and school sports. Reporter Heather Sells says the new policy is an aggressive one. She's covered transgender policy in-depth and is on today's CBN News Daily Rundown.
Several prominent media personalities and reporters have echoed a similar refrain: those who supported President Trump should receive a 'reprogramming' of some kind. Coupled with a recent sweeping deplatforming of President Trump from social media as well as business partnerships, there's a disturbing trend of celebrating the shunning, ostracizing and punishing of those who share different political beliefs. CBN Senior International Correspondent Gary Lane has more on the consequences we could see due to this line of thinking.
China has imposed a sweeping new security law, tightening its grip on Hong Kong. Christians, politicians, and pro-democracy activists have been arrested. Scores are fleeing the city; others are hiding underground. Senior international correspondent George Thomas has been speaking with people there who have witnessed the about-face over the last year and a half as Hong Kong becomes another Chinese city. He's on today's CBN News Daily Rundown.
Donald Trump is now a private citizen. That fact is important to note as the Senate considers an impeachment trial. Senior Washington correspondent Jennifer Wishon has been looking into what authority Congress has over Trump now that he's out of office, and she says Constitutional experts are divided on the answer. She's on today's CBN News Daily Rundown.
No crowds, no parade, no balls. Today's presidential inauguration is unlike any since the eve of the Civil War. Still, Biden has officially been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, and his administration plans to hit the ground running. Chief political analyst David Brody is on today's CBN News Daily Rundown with some of its top priorities.