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Biden news – live: President promises Zelensky more aid as White House slams Trump’s Putin ‘scheme’

Biden news – live: President promises Zelensky more aid as White House slams Trump’s Putin ‘scheme’

‘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.

Early Newspaper

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 classed 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.


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 galvanise the civil rights movement, the bill faced only seven “no” votes in the House of Representatives and passed the Senate by unanimous 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.”

Alex Woodward reports:

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 per cent, 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.

Justin Vallejo reports.

Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 23: 30


Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 23: 10


Biden marks César Chávez Day

President Joe Biden marked César Chávez Day by hailing the champion for workers’ rights and social justice in a presidential proclamation.

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of César Estrada Chávez, a champion for social justice and advocate for hardworking people who build and sustain our Nation. Born into poverty and raised by migrant workers, Chávez courageously dedicated his life to improving conditions for workers across the country. Chávez witnessed firsthand the inequities of an economy that only served those at the top and left millions of hardworking Americans behind. Today, as we continue to build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out and that rewards work and not just wealth, we stand on the shoulders of César Chávez and carry forward his fight to advance the rights and dignity of working people and fulfill the promise of America for all Americans.

President Joseph R Biden Jr

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

A 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.

Gino Spocchia reports.

Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 22: 30


Kyle Rittenhouse angry that Biden won’t call him back

Kyle Rittenhouse has complained that President Joe Biden won’t return his calls to “sit down and talk”.

Appearing on the conservative podcast The Jenna Ellis Show, Mr 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.

To everyone celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility, I want you to know that your President sees you. The First Lady, the Vice President, the Second Gentleman, and my entire Administration see you for who you are — made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect, and support. On this day and every day, we recognize the resilience, strength, and joy of transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people. We celebrate the activism and determination that have fueled the fight for transgender equality. We acknowledge the adversity and discrimination that the transgender community continues to face across our Nation and around the world.

President Joseph R Biden Jr

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 blue 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.

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Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 21: 50


Graham: Administration reason for not sending planes to Ukraine is ‘bull’

Lindsey Graham spoke out after this afternoon’s classified briefing on Russia’s war in Ukraine 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 the plans.

Biden is set to issue a presidential determination to stoke domestic production of the minerals, which are used for both stationary batteries and vehicles. The person emphasized that the production will not bypass existing permitting or environmental review processes.

Biden adding certain minerals, such as lithium, cobalt, graphite, nickel and manganese, to the list of items covered under the law could give mining companies access to some $750 million under the DPA’s Title III fund, the person told The Hill.

The Hill

Oliver O’Connell30 March 2022 21: 35

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