Obama jokingly calls Biden ‘vice president’ on his return to the White House
Barack Obama visited the White House on Tuesday for his first public event at the Director’s Palace since leaving office. He was participating in a celebration of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, when Joe Biden announced changes to the health program that could see as many as 200,000 uninsured Americans eligible for new coverage.
The visit has many Democrats hoping Mr Biden can benefit from his former boss’s still high approval rating among the Democratic base. Sir. Biden has recently struggled to raise his poor stance in the polls, and there are serious concerns that apathy and disappointment among Democratic voters could provide an opening for Republicans in this year’s midterm elections. Obama says that to win in the midterm period, Democrats have a story to tell, they “just have to tell it.”
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday voted 11-11 on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The result will not prevent Mrs Jackson’s nomination from advancing to the Senate; she seems to already have the support of 53 senators, with Republicans Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney all breaking ranks to support her.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin strikes back at Matt Gaetz
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin seemed so outraged by bizarre questions from Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz that he ended up in a scuffle with the Florida Representative at the conclusion of Mr. Gaetz’s five minute round.
Sir. Austin was at Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify at a hearing in the House Armed Services Committee on the Department of Defense’s budget request for fiscal year 2023, but Mr. Gaetz had apparently decided to spend his time speaking to the former U.S. Central Command chief about what he described as U.S. defense error. caused by the Pentagon’s embrace of “vigilance.”
Specifically, Mr Gaetz asked about a lecture given at the US National Defense University by the French economist and author Thomas Picketty entitled “Responding to China: The Case For Global Justice and Democratic Socialism”.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 04:00
Kinzinger rages against GOP ‘children’ in Congress
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois called his congressional colleagues “children” to focus more on Disney and culture war issues than the “genocide” happening in Ukraine at the hands of Russia.
Kinzinger said the “world order” was challenged for the first time since World War II, but that his fellow Republicans behaved like “a bunch of kids.”
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 3:15 AM
Oklahoma State House votes to make abortion illegal
Oklahoma State House voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that would make it a crime to perform an abortion in the state, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in what are possibly the most restrictive anti-abortion laws passed , since the U.S. Supreme Court first signaled its willingness to curtail reproductive rights last year.
The legislation, which would punish any Oklahoman who performs an abortion with a lengthy prison sentence and a fine of up to $ 100,000, passed the state Senate last year before sailing through State House by a margin of 70-14 on Tuesday.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 02:30
Biden nominates the first woman to lead a division of the U.S. military
She would be the first woman to lead a division of the U.S. military if confirmed. Admiral Fagan has served as deputy commander since June last year and became the first woman to reach the rank of four-star admiral in the Coast Guard.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 01:45
The atmosphere on Capitol Hill
Representative Dan Kildee summed up the mood on Capitol Hill for Politics‘s Sarah Ferris:
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 01:15
Capitol Police catch foxes attacking legislator
U.S. Capitol police have captured a fox suspected of biting a congressman in the leg.
The police department put the animal on a collar after warning politicians and staff at Capitol Hill to be on the lookout for “aggressive fox encounters.”
Graeme Massie reports on one of the more unexpected stories coming out of DC today.
Here’s an exclusive look at his suit from Punchbowl News:
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 at 01.00
Obama tells Democrats how to win midterm terms
Former President Barack Obama had a simple message for Democrats who are worried about losing their majority in the 2022 midterm elections:
“We have a story to tell, we just have to tell it,” he told NBC News’ Peter Alexander.
The former president received a standing ovation as he returned to the White House for the first time since leaving the Oval Office in 2017 to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the adoption of his signature law on health care, the Affordable Care Act, which received the moniker Obamacare in the press.
Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 00:15
The White House says Russia’s financial system is close to standard
Justin Vallejo has the latest.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 11:30 p.m.
Votes: The most ridiculous questions asked by Ketanji Brown Jackson
Andrew Feinberg takes a look at the most ridiculous questions asked by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during her confirmation hearings, including: “Do you think we should catch and imprison more or fewer murderers?”
Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 10:50 p.m.
Biden confirms the nomination of Admiral Linda Fagan to lead the Coast Guard
“I am honored to nominate Admiral Linda Fagan as Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard. Her leadership and integrity are second to none. If confirmed, Adm Fagan will be the first woman in history to serve as Commander and the first female Chief of Staff, Says President Joe Biden.
“My administration is committed to seeing more qualified women at the highest levels of command and ensuring that women can succeed and thrive throughout their military careers.”
Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 10:20 PM