220412 – Biden Calls Putin’s War -Genocide- During Iowa Speech
President Joe Biden has described the actions of Vladimir Putin’s army in Ukraine as “genocide” for the first time. In remarks in Iowa concerning gas prices, the president said: “Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank — none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away.”
Mr Biden has used the phrase “war crimes” before, but the administration has until now steered away from the term “genocide” when talking about the actions of Russian troops on the ground in Ukraine.
The White House is managing the fallout from new data showing that consumer prices last year rose at their fastest clip since 1981, wiping out many of the pay rises Americans had received during the post-Covid recovery. The numbers come just as a new poll shows Mr Biden’s already low approval rating sinking to new depths.
His overall rating now stands in the low 40s, having plunged below the 50-point mark around the time of the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The electorate apparently hold him in even lower esteem when it comes to his handling of specific issues like crime and immigration.
Biden may meet families of North Korea abductees in Japan
The Japanese government will work toward realising a meeting between US president Joe Biden and families of those abducted by North Korea during his planned visit to Japan, chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Wednesday.
Mr Biden is set to visit Japan at some point this year for a planned meeting of the so-called Quad security group that includes Australia, India, Japan and the US but no specific date has been announced for the meeting.
He alluded to the potential timing of the visit when he told Indian prime minister Narendra Modi this week that he looked forward to seeing him in Japan “on about 24 May”.
Previously, family members of those abducted by North Korea decades ago met with former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Stuti Mishra13 April 2022 06:00
Biden ratchets up rhetoric, says Putin committing ‘genocide’ in Ukraine
Mr Biden was speaking in Iowa about the continued effects of inflation, which the White House has pinned as an effect of Mr Putin’s invasion, and declared that American consumers should not pay the price for the actions of “a dictator” declaring war against a sovereign country and its people.
“Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of this should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away,” declared the president on Tuesday.
“Yes, I called it genocide,” he told reporters. “It’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian.”
John Bowden has the latest:
Stuti Mishra13 April 2022 05:30
Biden speaks about New York subway shooting
In Iowa, President Joe Biden remarks on this morning’s shooting on the New York subway in Brooklyn.
Jill and I — my wife and I are praying for those that are injured in all of those touched by the trauma. We are grateful for all of the first responders who jumped into action, including the civilians. Civilians who did not hesitate to help their fellow passengers and tried to shield them. My team has been in touch with the New York police commissioner and the Department of Justice is working with the NYPD on the ground. They’re going to continue to stay in close contact with New York authorities as we learn more about the situation over the coming hours and days.
The perpetrator of the attack remains at large.
Here’s our latest coverage of the incident:
Oliver O’Connell13 April 2022 04:45
White House condemns ‘disturbing’ abortion ban in Oklahoma
An Oklahoma law criminalising abortion care as a felony with 10-year prison sentences and $100,000 fines for healthcare providers marks an “unconstitititional attack” on women’s health, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
Alex Woodward reports.
Oliver O’Connell13 April 2022 04:00
NY Lieutenant Governor arrested for bribery conspiracy
The second-most-senior official in New York state, Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin, has been arrested on a charge that he wrongfully directed state funds to a real estate investor in Harlem in exchange for pushing through thousands of dollars of illegal contributions to a failed political campaign of his own.
Gustaf Kilander reports:
Oliver O’Connell13 April 2022 03:15
Is Joe Biden the new Jimmy Carter?
The fact that inflation is at its highest since late 1981 is already drawing comparisons between Joe Biden and his Democratic predecessor Jimmy Carter, who presided over a period of economic malaise that turned around under Ronald Reagan.
But even if the comparison is apt, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all bad news for Democrats…
Oliver O’Connell13 April 2022 02:30
ICYMI: US consumer price inflation at four-decade high
The news is out: inflation in the US jumped 8.5 per cent last year, a figure unseen since the deep economic malaise that still lingered in 1981.
Costs for food, gasoline, housing and other goods all surged, meaning that what pay rises people had received during the post-Covid economic revival were overriden.
Eric Garcia reports:
Oliver O’Connell13 April 2022 01:45
Why is US inflation is so high, and when might it ease?
Another month, another four-decade high for inflation.
For the 12 months that ended in March, consumer prices rocketed 8.5%. That was the fastest year-over-year jump since 1981, far surpassing February’s mark of 7.9%, itself a 40-year high.
Even if you toss out food and energy prices — which are notoriously volatile and have driven much of the price spike — so-called core inflation jumped 6.5% in the past 12 months. That was also the sharpest such jump in four decades.
Oliver O’Connell13 April 2022 01:00
Why is Biden allowing more ethanol in gasoline?
The Biden administration says it will suspend a federal rule that bars higher levels of ethanol in gasoline during the summer. The move, which President Joe Biden announced during a Tuesday visit to Iowa, is intended to tamp down prices at the pump that have spiked during Russia’s war with Ukraine. Iowa is a key producer of the corn-based fuel additive.
Oliver O’Connell13 April 2022 00:15
South Dakota attorney general impeached over fatal crash
The South Dakota House on Tuesday impeached state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg over a 2020 car crash in which he killed a pedestrian but initially said he might have struck a deer or another large animal.
Ravnsborg, a Republican, is the first official to be impeached in South Dakota history. He will at least temporarily be removed from office pending the historic Senate trial, where it takes a two-thirds majority to convict on impeachment charges. The Senate must wait at least 20 days to hold its trial, but has not yet set a date.
Ravnsborg pleaded no contest last year to a pair of traffic misdemeanors in the crash, including making an illegal lane change. He has cast Joseph Boever’s death as a tragic accident.
In narrowly voting to impeach Ravnsborg, the Republican-controlled House charged him with committing crimes that caused someone’s death, making “numerous misrepresentations” to law enforcement officers after the crash and using his office to navigate the criminal investigation. A Senate conviction would mean Ravnsborg would be barred from holding any state office in the future.
“When we’re dealing with the life of one of your citizens, I think that weighed heavily on everyone,” said Republican Rep. Will Mortenson, who introduced the articles of impeachment.
Oliver O’Connell12 April 2022 23:30
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