Joe Biden – Knox Democrats Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:17:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Joe Biden – Knox Democrats 32 32 Biden: the United States strengthens the position of its forces in Europe in the face of the Russian threat Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:17:42 +0000

MADRID (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the United States is bolstering its long-term military presence in Europe to bolster regional security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

When meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Madrid at the opening of the alliance’s annual leaders’ summit, Biden said “NATO stands strong and united” and that steps to take during the gathering “will further increase our collective strength”.

Biden opened his participation in the summit by announcing that the United States would establish a permanent headquarters in Poland, send two additional F-35 fighter squadrons to the United Kingdom and send more air defense and other capabilities to Germany and the United Kingdom. Italy.

“Today, I announce that the United States will strengthen our force posture in Europe and respond to the changing security environment while strengthening our collective security,” he said.

Stoltenberg, who said earlier Wednesday that the alliance faces its biggest challenge since World War II, welcomed Biden’s announcement.

“This really demonstrates your decisive leadership and strength in the transatlantic bond,” Stoltenberg said, thanking Biden for the “unwavering support from you and the United States to Ukraine.”

Biden said the United States would permanently station the U.S. Army’s V Corps Forward Command in Poland, a move he said would enhance U.S.-NATO interoperability on the eastern flank of the covenant. This decision marks the first permanent base of American forces on NATO’s eastern border. Biden added that the United States is also stepping up its rotational troop deployments to the Baltic region.

Biden announced after arriving at the summit on Tuesday that the United States would base two more destroyers at its naval base in Rota, Spain, bringing the total number to six.

The United States currently has more than 100,000 military personnel deployed across Europe, up from about 20,000 since Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine began four months ago.

Biden predicted this week’s meetings would be a “historic climax” as leaders were expected to approve a new strategic framework, announce a series of measures to increase their defense spending and capabilities and pave the way for Finland and the Historically neutral Sweden. join NATO.

Biden said Putin thought NATO members would split after invading Ukraine, but got the opposite response instead.

“Putin was looking for the Finnishization of Europe,” Biden said. “You are going to have the NATOisation of Europe. And that is exactly what he did not want, but exactly what must be done to guarantee the security of Europe.

Turkey, the last remaining country to approve the Nordic countries’ membership of NATO, reached an agreement on the eve of the summit on Tuesday evening to back their addition to the 30-nation alliance.

While the White House has said the United States is not a direct party to the negotiations, a senior administration official said Biden spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday to encourage him to pave the way for Sweden and Finland to join. The two leaders are scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss other matters, the White House said.

Biden will also speak on Wednesday with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who are attending the NATO summit as the alliance seeks to strengthen ties in the Indo-Pacific region and raise China’s challenges.

The White House said the three leaders would also discuss North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.


Associated Press writer Aamer Madhani in Washington contributed to this report.

Joe Biden clashes with progressives over Supreme Court expansion Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:18:54 +0000

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Friday’s Roe v. Wade has sparked calls to reform the nation’s highest court to ensure its rulings are fair and balanced.

Some Democrats favor increasing the number of court seats to restore what many Americans see as a loss of legitimacy. Although the court currently has a 6-3 conservative majority, President Joe Biden has said he does not support increasing the number of justices.

There is no legal requirement for the Supreme Court to consist of nine justices and the size of the institution is not specified in the US Constitution. Thus, while the number of judges has been fixed for 150 years, it is not formally required to remain so.

Historically, there has been a minimum of six judges and a maximum of 10.

Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington called for the expansion of the Supreme Court on Twitter on Sunday. Her post was shared by over 2,000 people, including Dem. Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York and representative candidate. for Florida Maxwell Alejandro Frost.

Expanding the court is also among seven things suggested by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York in order to fight the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the country. “We can do it! We can at least TRY,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts also called for the court to be expanded, in addition to declaring a public health emergency, abolishing the filibuster and creating abortion havens in the state.

“13 home runs, 13 judges,” Dem tweeted. holiday Pam Keith, nominated for Florida 2020.

Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and New York City Mayor Eric Adams have also called for the court to be expanded.

“We have to balance this court before it does more harm than it has done so far,” Adams said at a news conference on Friday.

Calls for the tribunal to be expanded have also been made by people outside politics, including author and law professor Jennifer Taub.

“The veil has fallen,” Taub wrote on Twitter. “It’s an anti-majoritarian political body. There are 13 circuits. We need 13 judges.”

NBC and MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan also said the court should be expanded, saying, “Codifying Roe won’t work/isn’t enough if you have a crowded far-right GOP court that will be happy to ‘pull down any new law.’

The idea of ​​adding seats to the highest court in the land did not first arise following the overturning of Roe v. Wade last week. In 2021, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren called for its expansion in an op-ed to restore the characteristic independence that should belong to the judiciary.

“Without reform, the court’s 6-3 conservative supermajority will continue to threaten basic freedoms for decades to come,” Warren wrote.

The list of Democrats and political commentators currently calling for more Supreme Court justices goes on, but the nation’s most prominent Democrat is against the idea.

Joe Biden said he “didn’t agree” with the increase in court seats, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday. June 25. Jean-Pierre did not specify the president’s reasons.

Last year, a group of Democrats – including Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Hank Johnson of Georgia, Mondaire Jones of New York and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts – tried to push through a proposal to increase the number of seats in the Supreme Court from nine to 13.

This decision was attacked by Republicans and criticized as “a short film”. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the occasion that she had “no intention of bringing it [the proposal] on the ground.”

Pro-abortion activist Sierra Frey cries while protesting outside the Supreme Court on June 26, 2022 in Washington, DC. Several Democrats are calling for an expansion of the Supreme Court to once again make it an independent judiciary.
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Biden heads to Europe to keep allies united against Russia as bitter war in Ukraine takes its toll Sat, 25 Jun 2022 16:56:00 +0000 Still, big questions hang over the talks in Germany and Spain, especially whether the united Western response to the conflict can be sustained – especially as leaders face the threat of a global recession and growing anger at home in the face of rising gas, food and other goods prices.

keep up the pressure

After several rounds of Western sanctions, Moscow is feeling the pinch. But as the fighting moved east away from Kyiv, Moscow’s additional gains led to growing US and European anxiety over the war’s trajectory.

At the same time, sanctions against Russian oil and gas have contributed to soaring energy prices, leading to problems at the gas pump. And the war’s effect on Ukraine’s grain exports has led to soaring food prices and the threat of a hunger crisis in poorer countries, a topic set to be discussed this week.

The political fallout that followed led to questions about the leaders’ willingness to maintain the pressure campaign as the war continues.

“Ukraine is going to be big, and the big question is whether this group is going to be able to move sanctions forward,” said Matt Goodman, senior vice president for economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. .

Zelensky will call for more sanctions and more military assistance when he virtually presents to the G7 and NATO. And US officials have said Biden plans to unveil measures alongside other leaders to increase pressure on Russia to invade – although they declined to say what they would look like.

At the same time, Biden expects the group to discuss measures to stabilize energy markets, an issue that an official said would be at the “heart of discussions” at the castle in the Bavarian Alps where the G7 meet. reunites.

Biden and his fellow G7 leaders have agreed to announce a ban on imports of new gold from Russia, a source familiar with the announcement told CNN. Gold is Russia’s second largest export product after energy. The Treasury Department will issue a ruling on Tuesday banning the import of new gold into the United States, which the source said would “further insulate Russia from the global economy by preventing its participation in the gold market.”

Find an endgame

At the start of the war, Western leaders rallied behind a sanctions regime to isolate Russian President Vladimir Putin. But months later, how to end the war — and potentially end the sanctions that help fuel inflation — has led to tensions.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who visited Kyiv for the second time last week, has positioned himself as one of Zelensky’s key allies and insists Ukraine “must win”. French President Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile, warned against “humiliating” Russia. And with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, he maintained open channels of communication with the Kremlin.

This has at times put them at odds with Biden, who accused Putin of genocide and war crimes while saying – at the end of his last visit to Europe – that he “cannot stay in power”. Biden’s defense secretary said after his own visit to Ukraine that Russia needed to be “weakened”.

Biden’s aides insist the unity he worked hard to cultivate remains intact.

“I mean, every country speaks for itself. Every country has concerns about what they’re willing to do or not do. But as far as the alliance goes, it’s really never been stronger and more viable than it is today,” said John Kirby, the strategic communications coordinator at the White House National Security Council.

These differences could lead to intense conversations this week, when leaders will inevitably have to discuss how the conflict will end – either through Ukrainian concessions, more concerted work to negotiate a ceasefire or just months of endless fights.

“I don’t think anyone can know for sure,” Kirby said this week when asked how long the war would last.

Ultimately, the greatest threat to Western resolve may be the fatigue of leaders and their populations in a war with no clear path to end it.

“It was clear from the start that it was going to get harder and harder over time, because war fatigue is coming,” Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia said earlier this month on CNN. “New crises are emerging, but also as we move forward, and if we impose sanctions, then first they’re going to hurt Russia, but then they’re also going to hurt our side.”

New members of NATO

There was a time when this week’s NATO summit in Madrid was seen as a potential welcoming party for new members of the alliance. But plans to speed up Sweden’s and Finland’s recent membership bids have been scuttled by roadblocks erected by Turkey and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The delay has led to frustration that what could have been a powerful signal for Putin has instead become bogged down in Turkish demands.

Erdogan has accused the countries of harboring “terrorist” organizations which he says threaten the security of his country, particularly Kurds in Turkey and elsewhere. He has sought the extradition of some supporters of a US-based opposition leader, whom he accused of botching the 2016 coup.

US officials remain confident that the two countries’ applications will ultimately be accepted. And they said Biden would likely discuss the issue on the sidelines of meetings with officials from various countries, including Turkey.

But they expressed little confidence that Erdogan’s concerns could be resolved by the end of the summit – dashing hopes of a big welcome in Madrid.

A new focus: China

At last year’s G7 summit on the Cornish coast in English, Biden pressed fellow leaders to insert tough new language condemning China’s human rights abuses in a final statement. Prior to the document, the group had sometimes heated conversations behind closed doors about their collective approach to China.

The topic can lead to tense conversations, as some European leaders don’t necessarily share Biden’s view of China as an existential threat. Still, the president has made it clear on several occasions that he hopes to convince his fellow leaders to take a tougher line. And Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has amplified the president’s repeated warnings about autocracies versus democracies.

“I think it’s fair to say that last year marked a significant shift from the G7, speaking for the first time about China’s coercive economic practices,” a senior administration official said this week. . “We expect that, if at all, to be a bigger topic of conversation.”

Also at NATO, leaders will include China for the first time in the final “strategic concept” document, in particular the long-term challenges China poses to European security. For the first time, the summit will bring together leaders from Asia, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, as invited participants.

And Biden plans to redouble efforts to launch a global infrastructure partnership to advance low- and middle-income countries, another attempt to challenge China’s reach.

Climate commitments

G7 countries will also discuss their goal to reduce the use of fossil fuels and take meaningful action to address the climate crisis. But the race to ditch Russian natural gas in Europe and lower gasoline prices in the United States has upended those countries’ climate pledges — and they’re fast running out of time to meet their targets.

After the EU touted an accelerated clean energy transition in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, some European countries, including Germany and the UK, are switching back to coal to replace lost gas. And Germany is also looking to Africa for new gas supplies.

“Germany is starting to back down and Chancellor Scholz is considering a new deal with Senegal on gas supply. It’s a worrying sign for G7 unity in May to move away from fossil fuels “said Alex Scott, head of the climate diplomacy and geopolitics program at Global Climate. E3G think tank, told CNN. “What is happening in Germany at the moment sends the wrong message.”

Likewise, Biden and his administration have made lowering gas prices their top priority at home, with Biden recently backing a gas tax holiday opposed by many in his own party. Scott also told CNN that she is seeking concrete commitments from the United States on phasing out coal, something it has struggled to do in previous climate talks.

“It’s time for the United States to put a new policy on the table,” Scott said. “It means clarifying when and how the United States is going to end its coal obsession. The change in government and the wave of climate ambition and goal-setting that brought about is kind of expired now.”

CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and Ella Nilsen contributed to this report.

Joe Biden Gets a HUGE Supreme Court Victory… Canceling Miranda’s Warnings? Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:14:40 +0000

The biggest winners in the Supreme Court today are the Hollywood screenwriters doing police procedurals because they no longer need to put “the right to remain silent” in the scripts. It’s cliché at this point. We don’t need to sideline the action for the protagonist to say “you have the right to stay… blah blah blah”. Just get the suspect in the back of a windowless van and have everyone sure Again!

But the second biggest winner has been the Biden administration throwing its shoulder in Vega vs Tekoh and it paid off!

Like a defendant with rights, the Biden administration could have remained silent. Instead, Merrick Garland and the Justice Department have stepped into the case to side with a sheriff who obtained a confession based on threats and intimidation while refusing to let the defendant speak to a lawyer. The defendant actually beat the rap despite the forced confession and sought to hold law enforcement accountable for flouting the Constitution. This is where the DOJ comes in.

Because the DOJ wasn’t happy with the possibility that this might be a narrowly tailored opinion…he wanted Miranda functionally removed from the constitutional record. They therefore asked the Court to limit Miranda to a rule of evidence that can never be redeemed other than the exclusion of a specific piece of evidence at trial.

The Court complied, stating that when the Miranda The Court said these warnings were required by the Fifth Amendment, they REALLY meant the warnings were suggestions on how cops could avoid violating the Fifth Amendment. And the Fifth Amendment can only be violated if all the unconstitutional stuff comes up at trial.

Which begs the question: why have warnings? If the only constitutional requirement is “not to use illegal tricks at trial”, then there is nothing factual in telling the suspect. The government can simply follow the rules itself.

Bringing us to Justice Kagan’s dissent where she explains that there may in fact be some evidence to suggest that the caveats were the constitutional rule itself:

Start by finding out if Miranda is “constitutionally guaranteed”. We know it is because the Court’s decision in Dickerson says so. Dickerson keeps telling us that Miranda is a “constitutional ruler.” 530 US, p. 444. This is a “constitutional decision” which sets out “’concrete constitutional guidelines’”. ID., p. 432, 435 (citing Miranda, 384 US, p. 442). Miranda “is based on the Constitution”; or it has a “constitutional basis”. 530 US, to 439, n. 3, 440. It is “of constitutional origin”; it has “constitutional foundations”. Id., at 439, n. 3, 440, n. 5. And – again – Miranda sets a “constitutional minimum”. 530 US, p. 442. Dickerson repeatedly refers to Miranda as a constitutional rule.

Most cases don’t make it to trial, so the Supreme Court just ruled that police have no obligation to abide by the Fifth Amendment until forced confessions make it to trial. Use it to leverage advocacy! No trip to court means no constitutional rules!

It is not that going to trial would bring much comfort to the accused since this Court is just as likely to rubber stamp a failure to exclude an unconstitutional confession as an irreversible error anyway.

But starting today, you have the right to remain silent and the right to a lawyer… but the police have no obligation to respect these rights and you have no means of enforcing them. And if anyone thinks the police won’t redirect interrogation tactics to reflect that, that’s actually an insult to law enforcement.

So much for Peter Navarro’s claim that he should get away with it because the FBI Miranda the warnings were not read in the notes.

Earlier: ‘You have the right to remain silent – JUST KIDDING!’ Biden administration says

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Princeton professor Eddie Gladue tells Joe Biden to ‘be bold’ to ‘save the Republic’ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 07:34:50 +0000

It’s not everyday you talk to the president, and Professor Eddie Glaude of Princeton tells The new abnormals Molly Jong-Fast that he wasn’t going to let the depth of the situation stop him from telling “the most powerful man in the world” that he had a chance “to usher in a new America”.

Glaude, specialist in Afro-American studies and host of the The story is us podcast, said Americans must speak out for democracy or risk seeing the country roll back.

“What I witnessed during President Biden‘s first term is that our problem in this country runs much deeper than just the illiberalism of the Republican Party or the violence of Trumpism. It cuts much deeper than that. It goes all the way to the Democratic Party, to ordinary people who are willing to be complicit in their silence. So we have so much more to do if we are to save the Republic,” he said.

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“I have seen the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act languish in Congress. I watched the attack on Critical Race Theory. I watched the “Don’t Say Gay” laws, I saw Roe V Wade about to be overthrown, and I saw that it was really an all-out assault on the mid-twentieth century revolutions. That we wanted to go back, that there was this nostalgic longing, and, of course, at the center of it was the January 6 insurrection and you heard “Stop the Steal” and you know, “we are going to take back our country.'”

“[Biden] was the first vice president of the first African American president, he is the first president to have the first African American vice president. He could usher in a new America, change the country’s center of gravity, if he dared to be bold.

“The scale of the problems we face require a large-scale response,” he said.

Additionally, Beast contributor Francisco Alvarado joins the group to talk about his reporting on an ongoing petition in Nebraska to demand that people show proper identification when voting in elections. A police investigation has been launched following allegations that petition distributors fraudulently collected signatures. And who funds the voter identification campaign? None other than Marlene Ricketts, billionaire co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and mother of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

“She donated $376,000 in July of last year and that’s basically what the [voter ID] The committee has been running and running all this time,” Alvarado said.

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Joe Biden praises Warriors ‘grit’ after latest NBA championship win Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:40:27 +0000

Joe Biden paid tribute to the Golden State Warriors after the team won its fourth NBA championship in eight years and said he looked forward to welcoming them to the White House.

“Congratulations to Golden State @Warriors on another NBA title and Finals MVP @StephenCurry30 [Stephen Curry] For another legendary performance,” Biden tweeted.

“Grinding. Heart. Strength in numbers. It’s America‘ he said. ‘See you at the White House.

Curry’s spectacular shooting and relentless team defense led the Warriors to a 4-2 win over the Boston Celtics in the best-of-seven Finals on Thursday.

The Warriors did not make it to the White House under the Trump administration after their 2017 victory, and no NBA team made the trip during the remainder of the former president‘s term.

Former President Donald Trump‘s policies on policing, racial justice and his criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement put him at odds with many in the league.

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The NBA’s five-year hiatus ended when Biden hosted the Milwaukee Bucks in November last year to celebrate their championship.

Biden, an avowed sports fan, has also hosted professional baseball, hockey and football teams at the White House.

AOC Hates Joe Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Fri, 17 Jun 2022 12:17:08 +0000

AOC Launches Resistance to Biden’s Upcoming Student Loan Forgiveness Plan – As President Joe Biden reportedly prepares to announce a student loan cancellation plan, progressive New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or as the world knows her, AOC, is already criticizing his unconfirmed proposal.

Writing on Instagram, Rep Ocasio-Cortez insisted that student loan forgiveness shouldn’t be based on an “arbitrary number” and that the “halfway approach” to forgiveness would be “kind of wasteful “.

“People get addicted to splitting things down the middle, but there are policies where a halfway approach is kind of a waste because it’s not much better than nothing, and resources are better spent elsewhere. We push for people to actually experience the benefits of a policy,” AOC said on Instagram.

The progressive lawmaker made the comment in response to a question about what she thinks are the most common Conservative misperceptions surrounding the policy proposal.

“We can’t just pick an arbitrary number despite so many people wanting to,” she said. “There is a real level where wealth inequality starts to narrow.”

What is an “arbitrary number”?

In May, three people familiar with President Joe Biden’s discussions of student loan forgiveness revealed that the White House was considering a $10,000 threshold for loan forgiveness.

Rumor has it that President Joe Biden will forgive $10,000 in federal student loan debt for undergraduates. This seems to be what AOC means when it says “arbitrary number”.

President Joe Biden has promised to offer $10,000 in student loan forgiveness throughout his campaign, but his party’s most progressive members have spent years advocating for full and total forgiveness of all federal loans. .

It’s not just AOC that opposes his plan.

In May, a coalition of more than 500 organizations wrote to the president asking him to cancel more than $10,000 per borrower.

“There is growing energy and strong bipartisan public support for immediate large-scale debt cancellation,” the coalition wrote. “Such executive action is one of the few tools available that could immediately give a boost to more than 44 million borrowers and the economy.”

The coalition was led by Americans for Financial Reform, the Center for Responsible Lending, the Student Borrower Protection Center and the National Consumer Law Center. It was first sent out in November 2020 and re-released in January. It was again sent to the President in May this year.

It’s unclear if the president will go beyond $10,000. The policy is not only unpopular with congressional Republicans, but even his own party can’t agree on the subject – making it difficult to pass laws in the House and Senate and forcing the president to sign an executive order extremely controversial executive.

And in the midst of an economic crisis, that may not be a risk the president is willing to take.

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Leave Joe Biden Alone – The Atlantic Tue, 14 Jun 2022 21:30:00 +0000

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Every administration has its ups and downs; Today, I examine why the Biden White House is taking more than its fair share of beatings. But first, here are three great new stories from Atlantic.

A steady hand

Any evaluation of a president’s performance usually begins with a soul-searching as to whether the writer voted for or against the incumbent. I voted for Joe Biden and I like him.

I am not, however, a partisan Democrat and have never been a member of the Democratic Party. (My parents were typical Depression-era blue-collar Democrats who turned Republicans after 1968.) In college, I became a moderate-conservative New England Republican, but worked for a centrist Democrat. in Beacon Hill and for a moderate Republican, the late John Heinz, in the Senate. And so I always liked Biden as someone I could relate to: a working-class centrist who spoke his mind, even when his thoughts were jumbled or when he seemed comically full of himself. -same.

The Joe Biden who ran in 2020 appeared wiser, sadder, somewhat deflated and seemed to assume the presidency as a public service and a burden. Time and tragedy had tempered Biden, and I loved him even more than in his flashy youth, like Jason Sudeikis. These days, I think he’s done a good job, especially as he deals with a pandemic, revelations of an attempted US coup, and an economic downturn over which he had no control.

Oh, and by the way: it has also managed (so far) to avoid World War III and a possible nuclear conflict. We seem to forget that this is the first task of every American president, but while we grapple with gas prices (which Biden also has no control over), the Russians are replaying the battle front. ‘Is against 40 million Ukrainians and also threaten NATO. It is reassuring to have a firm hand in charge of our foreign policy.

So why can’t the president take a break? Audiences blame him for almost everything, and his approval ratings plummet. What is happening here?

Forget the Republicans; Controlled by their more eccentric members (I would say “the fringe”, but they are now “the base”), they have fallen into a whirlwind of nihilism and despair. They are almost a lock on winning the House in 2022, but they don’t know why they want to, other than to protect themselves both from having to live among their own constituents and from the slow but steady approach of justice for the GOP involvement in Jan. 6.

As USA today Columnist Jill Lawrence pointed out this morning, Republicans are determined to impeach Biden because they have no other game, even if that’s not what voters want. It’s enough their the voters want, and it will make enough noise to cover up their lack of a plan to govern the country.

One might have hoped, however – and by a, I mean “me” — that the Democrats would hold their fire and stop whispering about what would happen if Biden quit, or even died. And if Biden holds his own, well, there are some prominent young Democrats who haven’t decided if they’re going to support him. (And by young democratsI mean “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”.)

I suspect the full weight of our foreign and domestic crises has not cut through the self-centeredness and solipsism not only of our political parties, but also of the American public. We are simply unable to comprehend that at home we are inches away from the collapse of our constitutional system of government, and abroad we are one wandering cruise missile away from a nuclear crisis.

But it’s all the president’s fault because Joe Biden is old and talks like… well, like Joe Biden.

It’s part of a larger problem in American politics: we’ve come to view the presidency as a temporary appointment to Superman, and the White House as a shining fortress of solitude full of potential miracles. In doing so, we absolve ourselves of any responsibility either for our own actions as voters or for any requirement to face our problems with resilience and understanding.

Further reading:

Today’s News
  1. Wall Street and President Biden are bracing for the possibility of the Federal Reserve announcing the largest interest rate hike since 1994.
  2. The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that an elephant named Happy is not legally considered a person and therefore is not unlawfully kept at the Bronx Zoo. Jill Lepore introduced Happy last year.
  3. Nevada, South Carolina, Maine and North Dakota have primary elections today. In South Carolina, a candidate backed by Donald Trump faces Representative Tom Rice, one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump after Jan. 6.


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Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow. Thinking of Biden and his gas price troubles made me think of my teenage years, when every song and every movie seemed to be about the energy crisis. (Even James Bond was trying to figure it out!) But here I have to thank my hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts, and some local boys called NRBQ and their 1973 national hit “Get That Gasoline Blues.” Everything old is new again.

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Former White House adviser who served under 4 presidents says Biden must fix his administration’s lack of focus and lead Americans on moral issues Mon, 13 Jun 2022 06:28:25 +0000

David Gergen said messaging was not one of President Joe Biden’s strengths.Krista Kennell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

  • A former White House adviser said the Biden administration needs to start setting some big goals.

  • David Gergen said Biden failed to be a “teacher” and lead America on tough moral issues.

  • Gergen served in the White House under the Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton administrations.

It has become “increasingly difficult” to see where President Joe Biden’s administration is working, and the White House needs to dramatically improve its messaging and posture, former White House adviser David Gergen said Sunday.

“From my point of view, at first I thought [Biden] was going to be a very consistent leader,” Gergen told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “Because I thought the empathy and understanding, and the inner strength that comes from dealing with setbacks in the crucible moments he lived in life, I thought they would do it for the presidency, toughen it up.”

“I think his heart is still in the right place, but it’s getting harder and harder to tell what the goals are here,” said Gergen, who has served four sitting presidents – Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

He said the Biden administration needs to “narrow down” its priorities to “two or three major goals” in home affairs and foreign policy and then focus on achieving them.

Responding to Zakaria’s comment that Biden is suffering from low approval ratings despite the popularity of his policies, Gergen said, “I don’t fully understand him. I think the message hasn’t been his strength.”

Gergen also observed that Biden often schedules his important announcements and speeches in the afternoon.

“If you really have something to say to the American people, do it in prime time. You know, we can manage 15 minutes, 20 minutes,” he told Zakaria.

On moral issues, Gergen said Biden needs to start leading the American people on them. “The role of the leader is to be a teacher,” he told Zakaria.

Gergen also cited former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s belief that moral leadership is “for the president to make choices and try to lead people on difficult issues.”

“And there hasn’t been a lot of that,” he added.

Regarding the 2024 presidential election, Gergen expressed concerns about the ages of the race’s two potential primary candidates – Biden and former President Donald Trump. Biden is currently 79, while Trump is 75.

“We’ve never been there before. I don’t think it’s healthy. The presidency is too complicated a place, and it requires good judgment,” Gergen said.

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Joint Record of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Meeting with Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic Fri, 10 Jun 2022 22:34:43 +0000

President Biden and Vice President Harris met yesterday with leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic at the Ninth Summit of the Americas to develop a partnership plan to address unique vulnerabilities and pressing economic challenges faced by these countries, which face overlapping economic challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of climate change, food and energy insecurity and lack of access to finance. Seized by these challenges, President Biden and Vice President Harris pledged to work with CARICOM and the Dominican Republic to form three high-level committees to develop immediate and concrete, joint, short-term solutions.

Building on Vice President Harris’ April 29, 2022 meeting with these leaders, the United States launched the United States-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030) to facilitate the development of renewable energy infrastructure, including improving access to finance, and building the region’s resilience to climate-related natural disasters. The joint effort will facilitate collaboration between the U.S. private sector and Caribbean businesses to support the development of renewable energy infrastructure projects from concept to financing, including through technical assistance and tools blended finance to create Caribbean participation in energy projects. Under PACC 2030 and as part of the Partnership of the Americas for Economic Prosperity, the United States will work with international financial institutions to develop financial tools that address the unique challenges of the Caribbean, including exploring alternatives to the criteria for National Income from the World Bank for eligibility for concessional grants. or provide funding.

In addition to the Caribbean’s vulnerability to natural disasters, rising international debt and out-migration, food and nutrition insecurity is on the rise, with approximately 67.5% of the population experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity. To address these challenges, the United States and CARICOM will launch a Caribbean Zero Hunger plan to promote food and nutrition security in the Caribbean. President Biden also announced that the United States would provide $28 million in new food security assistance to Caribbean countries.

Leaders discussed the need to strengthen cooperation and engagement on security, including the fight against trafficking in small arms. The United States and Caribbean countries reaffirm longstanding cooperation on core priorities of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and broader engagement complementary to CBSI, such as combating human trafficking , cybersecurity and cybercrime. The United States and CARICOM member states support the development of national action plans to combat firearms trafficking, as part of the firearms priority actions and implementation process. implementation of the roadmap. These national action plans can help the United States more effectively tailor our support to CARICOM member nations, specifically to combat the supply and flow of illegal handguns and the trafficking of illegal firearms. assault throughout the region. The leaders also commend the work of the CBSI countries and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) to implement priority actions on firearms trafficking and the sheet of road. The United States and CARICOM agree on the usefulness of adhering to the Treaty of San José concerning illicit maritime and air traffic in narcotics. This treaty provides states with a valuable legal mechanism that facilitates international cooperation to disrupt illicit maritime traffic and transnational criminal organizations in the Caribbean.

Finally, the United States and CARICOM reaffirm their commitment to promote and defend democracy and the rule of law, as enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Our nations are bound together by common values, culture, history and family ties. As governments, we will work in partnership with civil society and the private sector to ensure that democracy benefits all our people and to build societies that are safe, inclusive, prosperous, equitable and resilient to climate change.