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Biden news live: US government considering release of oil from strategic reserve to control gas prices

‘You must be an idiot’: Biden answers Fox News reporter’s Ukraine questions

President Joe Biden is preparing to order the release of up to one million barrels of oil a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a bid to control prices that have soared after the United States and its allies imposed restrictions. strict sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

The announcement could come as early as Thursday, according to reports.

Mr. Biden spoke with Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The call comes as Ukrainian and Russian negotiators discuss a de-escalation deal that could see Russia withdraw forces from the region near kyiv.

The White House and the Pentagon have said they believe Russian President Vladimir Putin was misinformed of the progress of the war by his top advisers.

Mr Biden also gave a speech on the state of the coronavirus pandemic, announcing the launch of a central website for resources, before receiving his second Pfizer vaccine booster.

Meanwhile, after contentious nomination hearings that saw Republican senators harangue her on critical race theory, Ketanji Brown Jackson chose a crucial supporter: Maine Senator Susan Collins, who became the first Republican to announce that she will vote to confirm it.

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Admin Biden weighs up to 1 million barrels of oil a day from strategic reserve

President Joe Biden is preparing to order the release of up to one million barrels of oil a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a bid to control prices that have soared after the United States and its allies imposed restrictions. strict sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

A person familiar with the decision was quoted by Bloomberg as saying the announcement could come as early as Thursday when the president is due to deliver a speech on rising energy prices.

It has been reported that the duration of the release has not been finalized but could last for several months.

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Biden calls on Congress to increase Covid funding

President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the US government would not be able to afford to provide Americans with the Covid-19 booster shot he received on camera on Wednesday unless Congress stepped in to allocate more funds for vaccines, tests, treatments, and other needs related to Covid-19.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 04:30

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The United States will provide $500 million to support the Ukrainian government

The United States will provide the Ukrainian government with an additional $500 million in “direct budgetary assistance” to support its operations as Ukrainian forces continue to fight against Russia’s unprovoked invasion.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest from Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 04:00

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Reading of Zelensky’s appeal to the White House



President Biden spoke today with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine about the ongoing work of the United States and its allies and partners to provide military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and impose significant costs on Russia for its brutal aggression against Ukraine. The leaders discussed how the United States is working around the clock to respond to major requests for security assistance from Ukraine, the critical effects of these weapons on the conflict, and the continued efforts of the United States. United with their allies and partners to identify additional capabilities to help the Ukrainian military defend their country. Additionally, President Biden informed President Zelenskyy that the United States intends to provide the Ukrainian government with $500 million in direct budget support. He also reviewed the additional sanctions and humanitarian aid announced last week. President Zelenskyy briefed President Biden on the status of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.

The White House – March 30, 2022

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 03:15

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Report: Biden to lift Trump-era pandemic restrictions on US-Mexico border

President Joe Biden’s administration should lift a public health order imposed by Donald Trump that blocked most asylum seekers from the US-Mexico border during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to reports citing government officials. administration familiar with the situation.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 02:45

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Biden administration recalibrating on Russia’s nuclear strategy

The “kinetic” aspect of the Ukrainian conflict has so far played out almost entirely on Ukrainian territory, but the implications for the global strategic balance are still enormous – particularly in the nuclear field, Vladimir Putin placing his nuclear forces under a “special regime”. of combat duty” just two days after his army invaded the neighboring country.

The Biden administration and other NATO governments are now trying to rework their strategy for a Russian nuclear escalation, or even an accident involving nuclear reactors or waste storage facilities damaged by invading forces.

Jonathan Tirone has this report.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 02:30

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GOP senator: Joe Biden should stop talking

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a staunch right-wing Republican, lashed out at Joe Biden for his off-the-cuff line stating that Vladimir Putin “can’t stay in power.”

“I honestly think it would be better for everyone involved, including Joe Biden, but especially for the American people, if the president just stopped speaking publicly in an off-the-cuff manner,” he said in an interview. with right-wing radio host Hugh. Hewitt yesterday, adding that he doesn’t think the president should “adlib” or even “take questions or do press conferences.”

“If we could get three years of Joe Biden deliberately speaking on words that have been carefully scrutinized and verified…that would be safer than what’s happened in the last five days.”

Mr. Cotton’s grandiose suggestion flies in the face of criticism from many on the right who have long tried to claim that Mr. Biden is too reluctant to speak to the press or answer questions.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 01:45

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Susan Collins will vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson

In a development that all but assures that Joe Biden’s first Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed, Maine Republican Susan Collins has said she will vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson when the vote to bench her hits the Senate.

Ms Brown Jackson has already secured support from Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator who was seen as most likely to decline her support.

Eric Garcia has the news:

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 01:00

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Joe Biden signed a bill yesterday that makes lynching a federal hate crime, a measure that has been waiting to be enacted for more than a century.

Named for Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal 1955 murder helped galvanize the civil rights movement, the bill faced just seven ‘no’ votes in the House representatives and was passed in the Senate by unanimous consent.

“From the bullets in the back of Ahmaud Arbery, to countless acts of violence, countless known and unknown victims…racial hatred is not an old problem, it’s a persistent problem,” said Mr. Biden at the signing ceremony. “Hate never goes away. He’s just hiding, he’s hiding under the rocks. With just a little oxygen, he comes out roaring, screaming. What stops it is all of us, not a few.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 12:15 a.m.

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More Americans are worried about inflation than at any time since the mid-1980s

Americans’ anxiety about inflation has reached its highest level in nearly 40 years.

A new Gallup poll found that nearly one in five Americans, or 17%, cited inflation as their top economic concern.

The latest survey figures from March 1 to March 18 are up 10% in February, 8% in January and the highest on record by Gallup since 1985.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 30, 2022 11:30 p.m.

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