Obama jokingly calls Biden a “vice president” when he returns to the White House
Joe Biden’s first Supreme Court candidate, Ketanji Brown Jackson, is expected to be confirmed today by a vote in the Senate. After receiving the support of three Republican senators – Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney – she is also expected to have the support of all 50 Democrats, enabling her to become the first black woman on the court.
The vote comes in the wake of a seven-week nomination process in which it was sharply criticized by Republicans who focused on its alleged leniency towards child sex offenders. That criticism, however, was generally rejected as a distortion of her previous decisions.
At the same time, the Biden government is tightening sanctions against Russia, whose economy says it is nearing a catastrophe due to Western restrictions on imports, companies and wealthy individuals.
Biden announced a new round of sanctions, promising that “we will continue to increase economic costs and increase the pain for Putin and further increase Russia’s economic isolation”.
Ketanji Brown Jackson is approaching confirmation
Ketanji Brown Jackson will finally face a full Senate vote later, with the support of 53 senators, which is expected to be confirmed. That will make her the first black woman to rule in the country’s Supreme Court.
However, because she is replacing liberal judge Stephen Breyer, she will not change the ideological balance of the court, which thanks to the appointment of Donald Trump now leans 6-3 in favor of the right in most decisions.
The Senate is ready to confirm Jackson before the Supreme Court
The Senate is expected to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday, secure her seat as the first black woman on the Supreme Court, and give President Joe Biden bilateral support for her historic election.
Andrew NaughtieApril 7, 2022 12:39
The United States warns of North Korea’s forthcoming nuclear tests
North Korea recently tested what appeared to be missile missiles, and the Biden administration has now warned that an isolated dictatorship could be planning another “provocative operation” next week – possibly a full-fledged nuclear test.
According to Sung Kim, the US special envoy for North Korea, the United States and its allies are “ready to take on anything they can”.
In addition to the war in Ukraine, where Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s nuclear warheads to a higher level of preparedness, the Biden administration is also in talks to save some sort of agreement against the proliferation of nuclear weapons with Iran following a difficult 2015 agreement. Donald Trump resigned its nuclear enrichment program.
Maroosha Muzaffar has the story.
Andrew NaughtieApril 7, 2022 12:06 PM
Hunter Biden is increasingly in the sights of Republicans when ticket times are imminent
Hunter, Joe Biden’s son, has long been the focus of accusations that he used his name and connections with his father to secure lucrative business deals, as well as allegations of improper taxes in connection with his work with foreign companies.
And as the federal investigation into his case draws more attention, Republicans in the House of Representatives are making it clear that if they win the majority back in November – as is generally expected – the younger Mr Biden will immediately be investigated by Congress as well.
“The House’s oversight committee will be all over Hunter Biden,” said MP James Comer in an interview with Politico. “We are going to focus on Hunter Biden, not for political reasons, but because we feel he is a national security threat.
John Bowden has the story.
Andrew NaughtieApril 7, 2022 11:36
What if the Senate can not pass a Covid bill?
The White House has been pushing hard for Congress to pass a bill billing dollars to help recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, but as things stand, the Senate – which will soon take a break – is debating the government’s plan. to repeal a Trump-era measure to control immigrants on the southern border.
If the package fails, numerous plans could be at stake – including the purchase of Covid treatments, vaccines and stimulants, and the White House has warned that without new money to invest, insecure people could have difficulty accessing exams.
Eric Garcia has this analysis.
Andrew NaughtieApril 7, 2022 10:46
The White House is wrestling with TikTok
A TikTok account set up to improve Joe Biden’s profile with younger voters has got off to a slow start, with only 118 fans following @buildingbacktogether on the platform despite breathtaking namesake.
Here is the first video of the bill, a combination of legislative achievements that is an inexplicable soundtrack with the 1979 ABBA hit “Gimme! Give it to me! Give it to me! (Man after midnight) “.
Andrew NaughtieApril 7, 2022 10:27
Ketanji Brown Jackson is approaching confirmation
Today, the Senate will vote to uphold Ketanji Brown Jackson’s case before the Supreme Court, making her the first black woman to sit in the upper classes in the United States. It is expected to be ratified with the support of only three Republicans: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney, all of whom have been strongly condemned by the right-wing media for supporting it.
In fact, much of the rest of the party has spent the confirmation process accusing it of being lenient with child molesters and demanding that it explain to them what a woman is.
Here, Andrew Feinberg goes through the questions she was asked by the Judiciary Committee.
Andrew NaughtieApril 7, 2022 10:03 AM
Jen Psaki on US Domestic Terrorism Inspired by Russian Inspiration
The IndependentWhite House correspondent Andrew Feinberg asked White House journalist Jen Psaki if Russia could take advantage of the ties it has drawn from some far-right groups and white supremacists in the United States to encourage domestic terrorism in retaliation for sanctions.
The recent history of extremist groups’ ties to Russian counterparts is certainly striking. The Southern Poverty Law Center has described how in recent years neo-Nazis and “identities” in the United States have been linked to Russian supranationalists, such as the philosopher Aleksandr Dugin, who has been described as “Putin’s brain.”
Andrew NaughtieApril 7, 2022 09:43
Pentagon Journalist: “Cruelty is a method used by Russia”
John Kirby, the Pentagon’s media spokesman, last night gave an interview on Russia’s use of cluster munitions and other weapons against civilians in Ukraine, where Joe Biden has recently claimed that Vladimir Putin’s army is committing war crimes.
“They are inseparable in the way they attack,” he said. “They do not care how many civilians they are killing or how many they are forced to flee.
Andrew NaughtieApril 7, 2022 09:24
Elizabeth Warren demands that Biden write off student loans
After Joe Biden announced the sixth extension of the end of the freeze on student loan repayments created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Progressive Democrats have increased their demands for the president to take unilateral action and cancel them altogether – something he says should be do with the actions of the parliament, although the idea is very unlikely to get through the legislature compared to party politics.
Here is Elizabeth Warren on MSNBC yesterday where she explains what cancellation could mean.
Andrew NaughtieApril 7, 2022 08:44
Merrick Garland gives a stern warning
Merrick Garland’s press conference yesterday, which discussed further sanctions against Russian oligarchs and moguls, was, to say the least, strongly worded, especially considering the moderate standards of the public prosecutor himself.
“Last month, I said we would not give up in our efforts to investigate, arrest and prosecute those who enable Russia to continue its unjust war in Ukraine,” he said. “This is a promise we keep …
“Our message to those who continue to enable the Russian government through its criminal conduct is this,” Garland said, raising his voice. “It does not matter how far you sail your yacht. It does not matter how well you hide your property. It does not matter how cleverly you write your malware or hide your online activity. The Department of Justice will use all available means to locate you, disrupt your plots and hold you accountable.
The United States recently got the cooperation of the Spanish police to seize a yacht belonging to the billionaire and Putin’s partner Viktor Vekselberg.
Andrew NaughtieApril 7, 2022 08:24