‘You’ve got to be ridiculous’: Biden’s response to Ukraine questions from Fox News reporter
President Joe Biden is preparing to order the release of up to 1 million barrels of oil per day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to control prices that have soared after the United States and its allies imposed tough sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
The announcement may come as soon as Thursday, according to reports.
Biden spoke with Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The call comes at a time when Ukrainian and Russian negotiators are discussing a de-escalation agreement in which Russia may withdraw its forces from the area near Kyiv.
Both the White House and the Pentagon have said they believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misinformed about the progress of the war by his top advisers.
Biden also gave a speech on the state of the coronavirus pandemic, and announced the launch of a central resource site, before receiving the second booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine.
Meanwhile, after controversial nomination hearings that saw Republican senators debate critical race theory, Ketanji Brown-Jackson chose an important supporter: Maine Senator Susan Collins, who became the first Republican to announce she would vote to confirm it.
ICYMI: Biden announces new Covid portal for Americans
Along with asking Congress for more emergency funding and a second booster shot on camera, Joe Biden announced yesterday a new website, Covid.gov, which provides Americans with “everything you need to deal with Covid.” Here is his announcement:
Read more about his observations on the pandemic below.
Andrew NottiMarch 31, 2022 14:45
Government departments to raise the flag of transgender pride
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services will celebrate Joe Biden’s National Day of Transient Vision with a display of solidarity from a flagpole in the capital.
Among the department’s senior staff is Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine, the most publicly trans person ever appointed to a Senate-approved government position to date.
The flag is also raised by the Department of Homeland Security, led by Xavier Becerra.
Andrew NottiMarch 31, 2022 14:15
Trump adviser angered by move to repeal Address 42
Stephen Miller, the hardline anti-immigration nationalist who has shaped much of Donald Trump’s border policy, has criticized the Biden administration’s move to repeal the provision known as Title 42 that barred most asylum applications at the point of entry into the United States.
The warning on Twitter that the move could unleash “one of the most perverted acts in history” and “open the door wide on a biblical scale,” quickly pissed Miller off those on the other side of the argument. Among his critics was Congressman Brendan Boyle, who invoked his family’s debts for a more palatable immigration policy.
Andrew NottiMarch 31, 2022 13:44
Biden celebrates Transgender Day among the nationwide backlash against transgender people
Joe Biden declared March 31 Transgender Advent Day, an effort to “honor transgender people fighting for freedom, equality, dignity, and respect” and “celebrate parents, teachers, coaches, doctors, and other allies who affirm the identities of their transgender children and help these young people realize their potential.”
He did so at a time when transgender people across the United States face mounting legal efforts to exclude trans women from women’s and girls’ sports, limit treatments available to gender-nonconforming children, and limit what schoolchildren can be taught about gender identity and sexuality.
Andrew NottiMarch 31, 2022 13:10
Reports That Biden Administration Will End Key Border Policy Under Trump
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to scrap Title 42, the controversial border control policy under Trump that the CDC based on at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The policy has effectively suspended asylum applications at the point of entry into the United States on the grounds of controlling the transmission of Covid-19; The result was that as many as 1.7 million asylum seekers were promptly expelled from the United States without being able to present their cases.
Biden’s tenure so far has seen his refusal to move quickly in easing the Trump administration’s sometimes brutal border policies, and more arrivals at the southern US border are expected in the coming weeks and months.
Andrew NottiMarch 31, 2022 12:40
Biden on new Covid funding: ‘It’s not partisan, it’s medicine’
Congress recently refused to provide billions of dollars in new funding for the government’s efforts to respond to Covid-19, and Joe Biden warned yesterday that if the money is not made available soon, the consequences could be dire.
Our Andrew Feinberg story has it.
Andrew NottiMarch 31, 2022 12:06
Biden envoy confirmed anti-Semitism after eight-month battle
Deborah Lipstadt, the historian whose work in Holocaust denial has made her internationally famous, has been confirmed as the Biden administration’s special envoy to combat and monitor anti-Semitism. The vote for its confirmation was brought forward by a speech by Democratic Senator John Osoff, himself a descendant of Jewish refugees who fled anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe for a new life in the United States.
Lipstadt was nominated eight months ago, during which time she was obstructed by many Republicans because of her earlier remarks about them. Senator Ron Johnson, Senator from Wisconsin, was particularly outraged, dismissing a tweet accusing him of “white supremacy/nationalism” by Lipstadt during the January 6 uprising.
Andrew NottiMarch 31, 2022 11:33
Watch: The resignation of the convicted congressman was read in the House of Representatives
Republican Congressman from Nebraska Jeff Fortenberry recently resigned his seat after being found guilty of lying on several counts of lying about an illegal donation to a foreign campaign. Below is the moment his resignation was formally read on the House floor.
Andrew NottiMarch 31, 2022 11:06
ICYMI: White House spokeswoman on Trump and Putin
I spoke to the press briefly yesterday, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield
“So what I’d like to say is this,” I started. “What kind of Americans, not to mention the former president, think this is the time to get into a scheme with Vladimir Putin and flaunt his connections to Vladimir Putin? There is only one, and that is Donald Trump.”
Andrew NottiMarch 31, 2022 10:32
Biden meets parents of American detained in Russia
Yesterday, Joe Biden met the parents of Trevor Reed, a 30-year-old US citizen and former Marine who has been imprisoned in Russia since 2019. He was originally convicted and sentenced for assaulting two Moscow police officers after a drunken party, charges that his parents and the US government alleged were Manipulated so that Mr. Reed could be used as a bargaining chip in a possible prisoner exchange.
He is now on his second hunger strike in six months, and according to his parents, he likely has tuberculosis and a broken rib.
The White House summary of the meeting stated:
Mr. Reed’s parents were reportedly grateful for the meeting:
Andrew NottiMarch 31, 2022 10:07
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Chinese leader Xi Jinping meets Putin in Moscow, days after the Russian leader was accused of war crimes
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