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Obama jokingly calls Biden ‘vice president’ on return to White House

Barack Obama the White House on Tuesday for his first public event at the executive mansion since he left office. He participated in a celebration of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, as Joe Biden announced changes to the healthcare program that could see as many as 200,000 uninsured Americans become eligible for new coverage.

The visit has many Democrats hoping that Mr Biden can benefit from his former boss’s still-high approval rating among the Democratic base. Mr Biden has lately struggled to raise his poor standing in the polls and there are serious worries that apathy and disappointment among Democratic voters could give an opening to Republicans in this year’s midterm elections. Mr Obama says that to win in the midterms, Democrats have a story to tell, they “just got to tell it.”

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday voted 11-11 on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The result will not stop Ms Jackson’s nomination from proceeding to the Senate floor; she appears to already have the support of 53 senators, with Republicans Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney all breaking ranks to back her dela.

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Analysis: the worst of the KBJ hearings

As the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson draws near, Andrew Feinberg has this look back on the depths that were plumbed at her hearings by the Judiciary Committee’s Republican contingent and their colleagues on the Senate floor.

“Republican senators,” he writes, “spent the majority of their speaking time in both settings airing grievances regarding Democrats’ treatment of prior nominees going back to the Senate’s rejection of Judge Robert Bork more than three decades ago. They also subjected Jackson, a Harvard Law School graduate who has thrice been confirmed by the upper chamber (twice to court seats and once to a seat on the US Sentencing Commission), to some of the most bizarre inquiries ever directed at a nominee for the highest court in the land.”

Read his full rundown below.

(None of the stories he tells are in the same category as Marjorie Taylor Greene’s declaration that the three GOP senators voting to confirm Ms Brown Jackson are “pro-paedophile”.)

Andrew Naughtie6 April 2022 09:25

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Obama and Biden’s obvious affection on display

After years of a perpetually acrimonious atmosphere in the White House, the sight of Barack Obama joking with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris yesterday was a flashback to what feels like a different age.

Here’s how the former president introduced his onetime deputy.

Andrew Naughtie6 April 2022 08:47

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Republicans ridicule Biden and claim Obama ‘ignored’ him

Republicans tried to ridicule Joe Biden after some video clips surfaced claiming Barack Obama ignored the president.

Conservative lawmakers and commentators alleged that Mr Obama stole the show during his visit to the White House on Tuesday.

In widely-shared video clips – that many have said are out-of-context – the president can be seen raising his hands in exasperation as a group of people showered Mr Obama with attention.

Maroosha Muzaffar6 April 2022 07:54

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Kinzinger criticizes GOP members for unwillingness to speak on Ukraine

Illinois Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger criticized members of his party on Tuesday for what he sees as their unwillingness to speak out against the crisis in Ukraine.

“We are being ruled by a bunch of children Kinzinger said. “By a bunch of people that are not serious about running the United States of America and truly don’t understand the threat that’s out there from Vladimir Putin, from China and from some of these actors in the world that want to destroy our place here .”

“The world order is being challenged for the first time since World War II and they’re sitting around thinking today about how we can win our next election, what the newest outrage is, what’s the next thing we can do to get people angry and upset and get their money from them for our reelection,” he added.

Maroosha Muzaffar6 April 2022 07:16

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Obama jokes with ‘Vice President Biden’

Former US president Barack Obama joked with Joe Biden during his return to the White House on Tuesday and referred to the president as “vice-president.”

Mr Obama joined Mr Biden on Tuesday as he signed an executive order to strengthen the Affordable Care Act.

Maroosha Muzaffar6 April 2022 06:51

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Fox News skips covering Barack Obama at the White House

Even as major networks covered former president Barack Obama’s visit to the White House, Fox News refrained from covering the event live.

The network decided to cover a story about a mom in New York City who was allegedly fired after confronting the mayor about mask mandates.

Read the full story here:

Maroosha Muzaffar6 April 2022 06:11

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Biden granddaughter to wed this fall

Naomi Biden, the daughter of president Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, is planning to celebrate her wedding at the White House later this year.

Read the full story here:

Maroosha Muzaffar6 April 2022 05:57

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Obama tells Democrats how to win midterms

Former president Barack Obama had a simple message for Democrats who worry about losing their majority in the 2022 midterm elections.

“We got a story to tell, just got to tell it,” he said in response to NBC News’ Peter Alexander.

The former president received a standing ovation as he returned to the White House for the first time since leaving the Oval Office in 2017 to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the passage of his signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, which received the moniker Obamacare in the press.

Eric Garcia has the latest from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 05:30

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Homeland security secretary takes a meeting with Republican caucus over border restrictions

Homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday had a meeting with House GOP members of the “border security caucus” but the Republicans were “not satisfied with the answers.”

The Border Security Caucus — after last week’s announcement that the White House would lift all Trump-era Covid restrictions at the border — was fully charged during the meeting.

“It was a rough crowd, and you got to give him a lot of credit for picking the roughest crowd, going in, and listening to them,” Darrell Issa, a California Republican who attended the meeting said.

“Nothing was really resolved, other than he made a promise to give a number of follow-up pieces of information,” he said.

Representative Brian Babin of Texas, the co-chairman of the caucus said from the meeting: “We appreciated his courage to come in, knowing that we were opposed to him 100 per cent. But we were not satisfied with the answers he gave us.”

Maroosha Muzaffar6 April 2022 05:01

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Biden to extend Covid student loan freeze until 31 August

The US is once again extending its pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments, pushing back the restart date until at least 31 August, the Associated Press reports.

This marks the sixth time the deadline to summarize payments has been extended, as Joe Biden faces pressure from Congress and inflation worries.

Prior to the extension, the moratorium was set to expire on 1 May, and more than 43 million Americans with a collective $1.6 trillion in government loans were going to be on the hook again for their debt.

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 04:45

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