Today’s news about Biden: Ketanji Brown Jackson will be confirmed today as the US tightens sanctions against Russia

Upon his return to the White House, Obama jokingly called Biden “vice president.”

It is expected that the first candidate for the Supreme Court Joe Biden Ketanji Brown Jackson will be confirmed today by a vote in the Senate. With the support of three Republican senators – Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mita Romney – she is also expected to receive the support of all 50 Democrats, making her the first black woman judge.

The vote came after a seven-week nomination process in which she was heavily criticized by Republicans, who focused on her alleged indulgence in sex offenders targeting children. This criticism, in turn, has been widely dismissed as a distortion of her past decisions.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is tightening sanctions against Russia, whose economy it says is nearing a catastrophe due to Western restrictions on imports, business and wealthy people.

Announcing a new round of sanctions, Mr Biden promised that “we will continue to increase economic spending and increase pain for Putin and further increase Russia’s economic isolation”.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson is nearing confirmation

Ketanji Brown Jackson will finally face a full Senate vote later, and it is expected to be approved with the support of 53 senators. This will make her the first black female judge in the country’s supreme court.

However, as she replaces the retiring liberal judge, Stephen Breyer, she will not shift the ideological balance of the court, which thanks to Donald Trump’s appointment is now leaning 6-3 in favor of the right in most decisions.

The Senate is ready to approve Jackson in the Supreme Court

The Senate is expected to confirm Supreme Court candidate Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday, securing her first black woman seat in the Supreme Court and giving President Joe Biden a two-party endorsement of his historic election.

Andrew DisobedientApril 7, 2022 12:39

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The United States warns of a future nuclear test in North Korea

North Korea recently tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, and the Biden administration warned that an isolated dictatorship could plan another “provocative action” next week – possibly a full-scale nuclear test.

According to US Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim, the United States and its allies are “ready to deal with anything they can do.”

In addition to the war in Ukraine, which resulted in Vladimir Putin ordering Russia’s nuclear forces to shift to a higher level of readiness, the Biden administration is also in intensive talks to save an anti-proliferation deal with Iran after a difficult 2015 agreement. Donald Trump has abandoned the nuclear enrichment program.

Marusha Muzafara has a story.

Andrew DisobedientApril 7, 2022 12:06

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Hunter Biden is increasingly in the Republican field of view as the deadlines approach

Joe Biden’s son Hunter has long been at the center of accusations that he used his name and connection to his father to secure lucrative business deals, as well as accusations of tax inconsistency in connection with his work with foreign companies.

And as federal investigations into his case are gaining increasing attention, Republicans in the House of Representatives are making it clear that if they return a majority in November – as expected – the younger Mr. Biden will immediately be under Congressional scrutiny.

“The House Oversight Committee will work throughout Hunter Biden,” said Congressman James Comer in an interview. Politics. “We are going to focus on Hunter Biden not for political reasons, but because we feel he poses a threat to national security.”

John Bowden has a story.

Andrew DisobedientApril 7, 2022 11:36

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What if the Senate can’t pass a bill to help Covid?

The White House has struggled with Congress to pass a new bill that allocates billions of dollars to help recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, but as things go, the Senate – which will soon take a break – is fighting for the administration’s plan to repeal the Trump-era immigration controls on the southern border.

If the package fails, many programs could be at stake, including the purchase of Covid therapies, vaccines and vaccinations, and the White House warned that without new investment money, uninsured people could have difficulty accessing tests.

Eric Garcia has this analysis.

Andrew DisobedientApril 7, 2022 10:46

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The White House is fighting TikTok

The TikTok account, created to improve Joe Biden’s profile with young voters, started slowly: only 118 fans subscribed to @buildingbacktogether on the platform, despite a clear advantage in name recognition.

Here is the first video of the account, the montage of legislative achievements, the incomprehensible soundtrack of the 1979 ABBA hit “Gimme! Give it to me! Give it to me! (Man after midnight) ”.

Andrew DisobedientApril 7, 2022 10:27

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Ketanji Brown Jackson is nearing confirmation

A full Senate vote will be held today to approve Ketanji Brown Jackson in the Supreme Court, making her the first black woman to sit on the highest bench bench in the United States. She is expected to be reaffirmed with the support of just three Republicans: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mita Romney, all of whom the right-wing media has harshly condemned for her support.

Indeed, most of the rest of the party conducted a confirmation process, accusing it of being lenient with child rapists and demanding to explain to them what a woman is.

Here, Andrew Feinberg considers the more important questions asked by the Judicial Committee.

Andrew DisobedientApril 7, 2022 10:03

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Jen Psaki on Russian domestic terrorism in the United States

The IndependentAndrew Feinberg yesterday asked White House spokesman Jen Psaki if Russia could use the commitment of some far-right groups and supporters of white supremacy in the United States to inspire domestic terrorism in retaliation for sanctions.

The recent history of extremist groups belonging to their Russian counterparts is really vivid. The Southern Poverty Law Center described how neo-Nazi and “identical” figures in the United States have linked to Russian ultranationalists over the past few years, such as the philosopher Alexander Dugin, known as “Putin’s brain.”

Andrew DisobedientApril 7, 2022 09:43

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Pentagon spokesman: “Cruelty is a tactic used by Russians”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby last night gave an interview about Russia’s use of cluster bombs and other weapons against civilians in Ukraine, where Joe Biden recently insisted that Vladimir Putin’s military was committing war crimes.

“They are indiscriminate in the way they attack,” he said. “They don’t care how many civilians they kill and how many people they force to flee.”

Andrew DisobedientApril 7, 2022 09:24

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Elizabeth Warren demands that Biden cancel her student debt

After Joe Biden announced the sixth extension of the expiration of the freeze on student loans imposed over the Covid-19 pandemic, the Progressive Democrats have stepped up their calls for the president to take unilateral action and repeal it altogether – something he said should be do so through the actions of Congress, although this idea is unlikely to succeed through the legislature, given party policy.

Here’s Elizabeth Warren yesterday on MSNBC explaining what repeal can achieve.

Andrew DisobedientApril 7, 2022 08:44

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Merrick Garland warns the oligarchs

Yesterday’s press conference of Merrick Garland, which discussed further sanctions against Russian oligarchs and tycoons, was, to put it mildly, strictly worded, especially according to the moderate standards of the Attorney General.

“Last month, I said we would not leave a stone unturned in our efforts to investigate, arrest and prosecute those whose criminal actions allow Russia to continue its unjust war in Ukraine,” he said. “This is a promise we keep …

“Our message is to those who continue to support the Russian regime with their criminal behavior,” Mr Garland said, raising his voice. “It doesn’t matter how far you sail on your yacht. It doesn’t matter how well you hide your assets. No matter how smart you are writing malware or hiding your activities online. The Ministry of Justice will use all available tools to find you, disrupt your conspiracies and bring you to justice. “

The United States recently enlisted Spanish police to seize a yacht owned by billionaire and Putin ally Viktor Vekselberg.

Andrew DisobedientApril 7, 2022 08:24

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