‘You’ve got to be silly’: Biden hits back at Ukraine questions from Fox News reporter
Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss the situation in Ukraine on Wednesday morning. The call comes as Ukrainian and Russian negotiators discuss a de-escalation agreement that could see Russia draw down forces from the area near Kyiv.
Both the White House and the Pentagon have said that they believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misinformed about progress in the war by his senior advisers who are afraid to characterise it as a “strategic blunder”.
Mr Biden also gave a speech on the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US announcing the launch of a central website for Covid resources, before receiving his second booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine. The FDA has just given clearance for a second booster shot for all Americans over 50 and those classified as clinically extremely vulnerable to the virus.
Meanwhile, after contentious nomination hearings that saw Republican senators harangue her about critical race theory and her record sentencing sexual offenders who targeted children, Ketanji Brown Jackson has picked up a crucial supporter: Maine Senator Susan Collins, who has become the first Republican to announce she will vote to confirm Joe Biden’s first Supreme Court nominee.
The news all but guarantees Ms Jackson’s confirmation. She has already secured the support of West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who was thought to be the likeliest of his party’s 50 senators to withhold his support from him.
Joe Biden yesterday signed a bill that makes lynching a federal hate crime, a measure that has been waiting to pass into law for more than a century.
Named for Emmett Till, the Black teenager whose brutal 1955 murder helped galvanize the civil rights, the bill faced only seven “no” votes in the House of Representatives and passed the Senate by consent.
“From the bullets in the back of Ahmaud Arbery, to countless acts of violence, countless victims both known and unknown … racial hate is not an old problem, it’s a persistent problem,” Mr Biden said at the signing ceremony. “Hate never goes away. It only hides, it hides under the rocks. Given just a little bit of oxygen it comes roaring back out, screaming. What stops it is all of us, not a few.”
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 00:15
More Americans worried about inflation than at any time since mid-1980s
Americans’ concern over inflation has inflated to its highest levels in nearly 40 years.
A new Gallup poll found that close to one in five Americans, or 17 percent, cited inflation as their biggest economic concern.
The latest survey figures from between 1 March to 18 March are up from 10 per cent in February, 8 per cent in January and the highest ever recorded by Gallup since 1985.
Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 23:30
Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 23:10
Biden marks César Chavez Day
President Joe Biden marked César Chávez Day by hailing the champion for workers’ rights and social justice in a presidential proclamation.
Read the full proclamation here.
Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 22:50
Women’s soccer team wear ‘GAY’ t-shirts to protest Florida anti-gay law
The professional women’s soccer team in central Florida has won praise for wearing “GAY” t-shirts in protest of a new anti-LGBT+ law in the state.
Orlando Pride players wore the t-shirts on Monday before Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed an anti-LGBT+ bill into effect, igniting protests across Florida and beyond.
Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 22:30
Kyle Rittenhouse angry that Biden won’t call him back
Appearing on the conservative podcast The Jenna Ellis ShowMr Rittenhouse slammed Mr Biden and the media while he again rejected claims that he’s a white supremacist.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 22:10
‘Your President sees you’: Biden marks Transgender Day of Visibility
President Joe Biden has issued a proclamation on Transgender Day of Visibility marking the progress made by the community while acknowledging the continuing challenges still faced including discrimination, harassment, epidemic levels of violence, and the damaging impact of anti-transgender bills in states across the country .
Read the full statement here.
Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 22:00
NBC News: Dems eyeing Chicago for 2024 election
NBC News reports that the DNC is eyeing Chicago for its 2024 National Democratic Convention.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and Senator Tammy Duckworth — who is also a DNC vice chair — have been coordinating on the possible bid along with the state’s Democratic Party Chair, Representative Robin Kelly, and Senator Dick Durbin.
A blue city in a midwestern state, once home to the popular Obamas and site of the 44th president’s currently under construction official library, makes it an attractive proposition but could highlight perceived policy failures such as crime and gun violence.
Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 21:50
Graham: Administration reason for not sending planes to Ukraine is ‘bull’
Lindsey Graham spoke out after this’s classified briefing on Russia’s war in Ukraine afternoon saying the administration’s justification for not sending fighter planes to Ukraine was “bull.”
“We cannot let Putin tell us how to help Ukrainians help themselves … We’re five weeks into this thing and it seems like nothing changes.”
Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 21:40
Report: Biden to invoke Defense Production Act got electric vehicle minerals
The Hill reports that President Joe Biden is set to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) as early as this week to step up production of minerals used in the manufacture of electric vehicle batteries, citing confirmation from a source familiar to the plans.
Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 21:35