Biden news today: President jokes about ‘good old days’ with Obama as he pauses student loan debt for sixth time

Obama jokingly calls Biden “Vice President” when he returns to the White House.

Barack Obama visited the White House on Tuesday for his first public event at the executive mansion since leaving office. He attended a celebration of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as Joe Biden announced changes to the healthcare program that could result in up to 200,000 uninsured Americans being eligible for new coverage.

The visit gives many Democrats hope that Mr. Biden can capitalize on his former boss’s still high support among the Democratic base. Mr. Biden has been struggling to improve his poor standing in the polls lately, and there are serious concerns that apathy and disappointment among Democratic voters could give Republicans an opening in this year’s midterm elections. Mr. Obama says Democrats have a story to tell, in order to win at the midterms, they “just have to tell it.”

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-11 to nominate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court. The result will not prevent Ms. Jackson’s nomination from advancing to the Senate; She already appears to have the support of 53 senators, with Republicans Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney all breaking through their ranks to support her.

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Voices: The Most Ridiculous Questions Ketanji Brown Jackson Was Asked

Andrew Feinberg takes a look at the most ridiculous questions Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was asked during her confirmation hearing, including, “Do you think we should catch and incarcerate more or fewer killers?”

Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 10:50 p.m

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Biden confirms the appointment of Admiral Linda Fagan to lead the Coast Guard

“I am honored to appoint Admiral Linda Fagan as commander of the US Coast Guard. Her leadership and integrity are second to none. If confirmed, Adm Fagan will become the first woman in history to serve as commander and the first female chief of service,” said President Joe Biden.

“My administration is committed to seeing more qualified women at the highest levels of leadership and to ensuring that women can thrive and thrive throughout their military careers.”

Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 10:20 p.m

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Voices: Obama is back in the White House with Biden, but is that enough?

The boys reunited at the White House this week ostensibly to celebrate and extend the Affordable Care Act — but likely for another reason as well, writes Holly Baxter.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 10:00 p.m

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Ted Cruz ranted for saying Biden started the war in Ukraine

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday assigned baseless blame to President Joe Biden for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as the Trump-allied segment of the Republican Party continues to insist that former President Donald Trump, who has a known cordial relationship with Vladimir Putin had said that the war would have prevented this.

Mr Cruz made the comments on Fox News Monday night, speaking to the network’s Sean Hannity.

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 9:45 p.m

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More on Russia from the White House

Ms Psaki reiterates that the US is not seeking “regime change” in Moscow, but adds that Putin is a war criminal and his crimes should be investigated by the international system and that he is an “outcast” in the world.

She is also asked why there has been no “kinetic” or military response to Putin’s war crimes in Ukraine. She reiterates that President Biden is acting in the interests of the United States, and “that doesn’t mean going to war with Russia.”

Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 21:27

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Psaki beats Hunter Biden’s question away

Ms. Psaki is asked if President Biden would support the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his son Hunter. She emphasizes the independence of the Ministry of Justice.

She is also asked if it is still true that the President never discussed his overseas business with Hunter Biden.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 21:22

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White House: Russian financial system ‘on the brink of collapse’

Commenting on the impact of economic sanctions on Russia so far, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “The financial system in Russia is on the brink of collapse.”

“It is getting harder and harder every day for President Putin to finance this war. That has an impact.”

Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 21:18

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According to the White House, Bucha could be the “tip of the iceberg” of atrocities in Ukraine

At today’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the atrocities reported from the city of Bucha may be the “tip of the iceberg” of what Russia has committed in Ukraine.

Regarding the sanctions, she says the aim of the sanctions is to force Russia “to make a choice”.

Russia does not have “unlimited resources, especially now… and they will be forced to choose between siphoning off remaining valuable dollar reserves, generating new revenue, or defaulting.”

Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 21:13

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Live – White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a briefing

Watch live as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki delivers a briefing

Oliver O’ConnellApr 5, 2022 8:56 p.m

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Colorado signs access to abortion and contraception into state law

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a bill guaranteeing access to abortions statewide just months before the US Supreme Court will rule on a case that may be overturned Deer vs Wadethe landmark decision that set legal precedent for access to abortion across the country.

Johanna Chisholm reports.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 8:40 p.m

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