Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the crowd during a rally in South Carolina
In a tweet about Russia putting President Joe Biden on a sanctions list, Donald Trump revived an unproven allegation that Mr Biden has a conflict of interest over Russia and was “slow on the draw” when Vladimir Putin began his invasion of Ukraine.
On Tuesday Mr Trump also tweeted congratulations to Paul Mango on his new book about Operation Warp Speed to deliver vaccines against Covid-19.
Meanwhile, a Democratic Party fundraising committee said it will hold the former president accountable by filing a formal complaint against him after he was accused of illegally spending political donations on campaigning for president without registering as a candidate.
American Bridge, a Democrat-aligned political action committee, said late Monday that it has already submitted a complaint to the US Federal Election Commission about Mr Trump’s conduct.
“We’re holding him accountable for dodging the law,” the group said.
Mr Trump continues to boast to his supporters that contrary to reports he failed to deter Vladimir Putin’s ambitions in the post-Soviet sphere, “no one was tougher on Russia” than him – and that “my personality is what kept us out of war”.
He also speculated that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “could lead to World War III”, adding that his successor Joe Biden can still “end this tragedy without getting Americans snared into a gruesome and very bloody war.”
Trump congratulates author of book on Covid-19 response
Donald Trump has congratulated the author of an upcoming book about Operation Warp Speed — his administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Through his spokesperson’s Twitter account he wrote: “Congratulations to Paul Mango on his new book, Warp Speed: Inside the Operation that Beat Covid, the Critics, and the Odds, which tells the story of how my Administration, in record time, delivered vaccines and therapeutics to the American people to fight the China Virus. What we achieved was incredible, but it is sad to see what Biden has done with it (no mandates!). Great job, Paul!”
Oliver O’Connell15 March 2022 21:19
What proponents of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ get wrong about the bill
To hear Republican officials tell it, what critics have called Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill simply gives parents more control over their children’s classroom instruction, or it prevents young children from learning about sex, or it stops LGBT+ teachers from “grooming” their students.
To those officials, the “Parental Rights in Education Act” does not discriminate against LGBT+ people – what Governor Ron DeSantis calls a “fraudulent” narrative promoted by advocacy groups and the media to promote “woke gender ideology” – it merely forbids schools from forcing young children to learn about LGBT+ sex and gender transition. They argue it’s a straightforward, reasonable measure while characterising its opponents as child predators.
Alex Woodward reports.
Oliver O’Connell15 March 2022 21:15
Governor claims ‘critical race theory’ used to ‘humiliate and indoctrinate’ students
Mississippi has the largest population of Black Americans of any state in the US, with a civil rights history central to the nation’s story.
On 14 March, Republican Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill into law that would ban classroom lessons that he says are used to “humiliate” white students who are “force-fed an unhealthy dose of progressive fundamentalism that runs counter to the principles of America’s founding.”
Alex Woodward reports.
Oliver O’Connell15 March 2022 21:00
ICYMI: Clarence Thomas’ wife was at Jan 6 Trump rally
The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, was present at the January 6th Trump rally which preceded the deadly US Capitol riot.
Oliver O’Connell15 March 2022 20:30
State Department vows to do ‘everything’ to help reporter injured in Ukraine
A spokesman for the US State Department vowed that the Biden administration would do “everything possible” to help a reporter wounded in an attack that killed two other journalists in Ukraine on Monday.
Ned Price told reporters during his daily press briefing that the State Department was in contact with Fox News at “multiple levels” working to ensure Mr Hall’s safety.
John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell15 March 2022 20:05
Biden issues statement on Sarah Bloom Raskin withdrawing Fed nomination
President Joe Biden has issued a statement regarding the news that Sarah Bloom Raskin has withdrawn her nomination to serve as vice chair for Supervision of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
After serving as the second-in-command at Treasury and with prior service on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Sarah Bloom Raskin knows better than anyone how important the Federal Reserve is to fighting inflation and continuing a sustainable economic recovery. She has unparalleled experience pursuing solutions to enhance our country’s critical financial infrastructure, with expertise in cybersecurity and climate risk, and protecting consumers in the financial marketplace.
Sarah’s nomination had broad support—from the banking and financial services community, former members of the Board of Governors, multiple Nobel Prize winners, consumer advocates, and respected economists from around the country. That experience and support are among the many reasons why I nominated Sarah to be the Vice Chair for Supervision, a critical role in regulating our nation’s financial institutions.
Despite her readiness—and despite having been confirmed by the Senate with broad, bipartisan support twice in the past—Sarah was subject to baseless attacks from industry and conservative interest groups. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans are more focused on amplifying these false claims and protecting special interests than taking important steps toward addressing inflation and lowering costs for the American people.
I am grateful for Sarah’s service to our country and for her willingness to serve again, and I look forward to her future contributions to our country.
I urge the Senate Banking Committee to move swiftly to confirm the four eminently qualified nominees for the Board of Governors—Jerome Powell, Lael Brainard, Philip Jefferson, and Lisa Cook—who are still waiting for an up-or-down vote. This group has the experience, judgment, and talent necessary to lead the Federal Reserve at this critical moment in our economic recovery, and the Senate should move their nominations forward.
Oliver O’Connell15 March 2022 19:45
Senate passes bill to make Daylight Savings Time permanent
The Sunshine Protection Act was passed by unanimous consent on Tuesday.
Gustaf Kilander has the latest from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell15 March 2022 19:40
Biden: Putin’s aggression has ‘united’ Americans and ‘the freedom-loving world’
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said Russian president Vladimir Putin had united Americans and people across the world in opposition to him by invading Ukraine last month.
Speaking at a signing ceremony for a bill to fund US government operations for the remainder of the 2022 fiscal year, Mr Biden praised legislative leaders for including a ‘historic’ level of funding — $13.6 billion — to ensure sufficient “economic, humanitarian and security” resources to continue the “forceful” US response to the crisis.
“Putin’s aggression against Ukraine has united people all across America. united our two parties in Congress and united the freedom-loving world,” he said.
Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell15 March 2022 19:20
Sarah Bloom Raskin withdraws nomination to Fed
Sarah Bloom Raskin has withdrawn her nomination to be President Joe Biden’s vice-chair for supervision of the Federal Reserve Board.
Her nomination was opposed by Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Susan Collins and therefore the numbers were not in her favour to be confirmed.
She lamented the “relentless attacks by special interests” who oppose her position that climate change could pose a threat to economic stability.
Oliver O’Connell15 March 2022 19:14
Psaki mocks Russia for sanctioning President Biden’s father
“I would first note that President Biden is a Junior, so they may have sanctioned his dad, may he rest in peace,” Ms Psaki told reporters on Tuesday.
Nathan Place reports.
Oliver O’Connell15 March 2022 19:05
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