War in Ukraine ‘far from over’, says Joe Biden
President Joe Biden announced new gun regulations on Monday to rein in so-called “ghost guns” – privately made firearms without serial numbers that have been used in several high-profile violent crimes.
Mr Biden also nominated Steve Dettlebach, an Obama-era US attorney, to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, making the announcement at an event in the grounds of the White House.
The ceremony was attended by survivors of and family members left bereaved by mass shootings including the Parkland school massacre and the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Also on Monday, the president held a virtual bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The pair discussed a wide range of issues including touching on Ukraine and hinted at meeting in person in May at the Quad nations summit in Tokyo.
Mr Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have both tested negative for Covid-19, according to the White House, meaning they have so far escaped something of an outbreak among the DC political class. Among those recently testing positive are White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock.
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Biden to visit Iowa on Tuesday to sell rural plan
President Joe Biden is heading to Iowa on Tuesday with a stop in Menlo — which is one of Iowa’s smaller towns with a population of 345.
Mr Biden heads back to Iowa for the first time as president at a time when he’s facing depleting approval ratings and inflation at a 40-year high. Democrats also face the prospect of big midterm election loss.
The White House said that the president will discuss his infrastructure plan’s impact on rural America and fuel price hikes after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Maroosha Muzaffar12 April 2022 05:55
Analysis: How Washington gave up on the pandemic
The Independent’s senior Washington correspondent Eric Garcia has been reporting on the rash of Covid-19 diagnoses among the DC power elite in recent days, and has this analysis to offer.
Read his report below.
Oliver O’Connell12 April 2022 05:40
Biden’s Covid tsar not “excessively concerned” about rising cases
Joe Biden’s coronavirus response coordinator, Dr Ashish Jha, has said he is not “excessively concerned” about the trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic despite a notable rise in the number of cases, which he said is being driven largely by the BA.2 variant.
“It is incredibly contagious, even more contagious than the original subvariant of Omicron, and it caused a substantial spike in cases in Europe,” he told MSNBC.
Gustaf Kilander reports.
Oliver O’Connell12 April 2022 04:59
Readout of President Biden’s call with Prime Minister Modi of India
Per the White House:
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to inaugurate the fourth US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. Together, they committed to strengthening the US-India relationship through cooperation on clean energy, technology and military cooperation, and expanded economic and people-to-people ties. They also committed to continue cooperation – bilaterally and multilaterally – on ending the Covid-19 pandemic, strengthening global health security, advancing global food security, and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific. They emphasized their shared commitment, as leaders of the world’s largest democracies, to respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. The two Leaders also discussed the destabilising impacts of Russia’s war against Ukraine, with a particular focus on global food supply. President Biden and Prime Minister Modi looked forward to meeting in person later this spring, in Tokyo, for the Quad summit.
Oliver O’Connell12 April 2022 04:15
Biden’s sister defends his son Hunter
President Joe Biden’s sister Valerie Biden Owens defended her nephew and the president’s son Hunter in an interview with CBS News, saying the attacks were an attempt by former president Donald Trump to bring her brother down.
Ms Owens appeared in an interview with CBS News’ Gayle King to promote her memoir about growing up with her brother, whose campaigns she has closely advised. Ms King asked about whether the president’s sole surviving son Hunter Biden, whom Republicans are targeting and who is currently under a federal investigation, is a liability.
Eric Garcia has the story.
Oliver O’Connell12 April 2022 03:30
White House goes after ‘ghost guns’
The president announced the regulations in the Rose Garden at the White House when discussing the danger that the guns posed. Ghost guns are often ordered in kits that people have to assemble and lack serial numbers, making it difficult for law enforcement to track them.
Eric Garcia reports.
Oliver O’Connell12 April 2022 02:45
Voices: Buttigieg’s old campaign manager knows how to turn red states blue. Will Democrats listen?
As demographics changed, the left focused too much on suburbanites and not enough on the working class. But as unions gain traction across the country, it’s clear the tide is turning — and members of the Democratic Party needs to listen, writes Skylar Baker-Jordan.
Oliver O’Connell12 April 2022 02:00
ICYMI: Pelosi tests negative for Covid
After testing positive for Covid-19 last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has now tested negative and will be ending her period of isolation tomorrow.
Oliver O’Connell12 April 2022 01:15
Pennsylvania man arrested for putting ‘I did that’ Biden stickers on gas pumps
A man from Pennsylvania has been arrested after he placed stickers on gas station pumps depicting Joe Biden along with the phrase “I did that” to protest his belief that the president is solely responsible for soaring fuel prices.
Graig Graziosi reports.
Oliver O’Connell12 April 2022 00:30
White House expects ‘extraordinarily elevated’ inflation data tomorrow
At today’s White House press briefing, Jen Psaki said they are expecting “extraordinarily elevated” monthly inflation data tomorrow.
The figures due tomorrow for March will include the large jump in oil prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Oliver O’Connell11 April 2022 23:45
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