“I say enough,” Biden announces the “use it or lose it” policy for oil leases on federal land
President Joe Biden has ordered the release of up to 1 million barrels a day of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for the next six months in a bid to control prices that have skyrocketed since the US and its allies imposed tough sanctions on Russia to have.
The announcement comes after both the White House and the Pentagon said they believe Vladimir Putin is being misinformed about the progress of the war by his senior advisers and warned that Russian troops moving from areas nearby be withdrawn from Kyiv, possibly only to be repositioned for further fighting.
Meanwhile, the President commemorates Transgender Visibility Day, which was declared to “celebrate the activism and determination that have fueled the fight for transgender equality” and “recognize the adversity and discrimination faced by transgender community continues to be exposed in our nation and around the world” — this as various Republican-led states pass laws directly targeting gender non-conforming people, including children.
On Wednesday, Mr. Biden also gave a speech on the status of the coronavirus pandemic and announced the launch of a central website for resources ahead of his second booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine. The CIA director is the last person in the administration to test positive for the virus and he met with the president a day ago – although they were distant and masked.
Biden: Putin appears to be ‘self-isolating’ from advisers as war on Ukraine stalls
President Joe Biden claimed Thursday that Vladimir Putin appears to be “self-isolating” from his closest advisers, including his top intelligence officials, as his invasion of Ukraine appears to have largely stalled across the country.
In an address announcing efforts to cut gas prices, which the US has blamed on efforts to exit Russian oil and inflation, the president said he “didn’t want to put too much emphasis” in the reports, but rather in the Essentially confirmed reports suggesting for weeks that there is a major rift between Mr Putin and his top aides and strategists.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 04:00
The next Jen Psaki?
Kate Bedingfield’s debut in the White House press conference room this week came under unlikely circumstances – the banking of two of her colleagues due to Covid-19 – but could result in greater visibility for Joe Biden’s longtime director of communications.
“I know I’m not the redhead you’re used to seeing on this podium, but I hope you’ll stick with me anyway,” Ms Bedingfield, 40, joked to reporters at her first briefing on Tuesday.
John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 3:15 am
Biden calls for ‘use it or lose it’ policy on state oil leases: ‘I say enough’
President Joe Biden on Thursday blasted oil companies for refusing to increase production to make up deficits caused by the removal of Russian oil from US markets.
Mr. Biden called the crisis that resulted from Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine “a moment of crisis and peril for the world and a pain at the pump for American families,” said Mr. Biden, who was hurt by the U.S. ban of The surge in oil and gas prices caused by Russian oil could do so is “a moment of patriotism” for domestic oil producers.
Andrew Feinberg has the latest for The Independent from Washington D.C.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 2:30 am
ICYMI: Biden on new Covid funding: ‘It’s not partisan, it’s medicine’
Congress recently declined to allocate billions of dollars in new funding to the government’s Covid-19 response, and Joe Biden yesterday warned the consequences could be severe if the money isn’t made available soon.
Andrew Feinberg has the story.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 1:30 am
Pelosi: Ginni Thomas a ‘proud contributor to a coup’
Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered a scathing condemnation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Thursday as it becomes clear that the highest court’s ethical standards and practices will face a historic scrutiny.
At her weekly news briefing, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives told reporters that she never believed Mr Thomas should have even joined the court, adding that his wife had been exposed as an “admitted and proud contributor to a coup d’état by our country.” “.
The comments were among the harshest criticisms yet made by a senior Democratic leader, as the fallout from text messages sent by Ginni Thomas to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows before and after the Jan. 6 attack last for.
John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 00:45
As gas and food prices soar, a key indicator of inflation hits a 40-year high
An inflation gauge closely monitored by the Federal Reserve rose 6.4% year over year in February, with sharply higher prices for groceries, gasoline and other necessities straining Americans’ finances.
The figure reported Thursday by the Commerce Department was the largest year-on-year increase since January 1982. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core inflation rose 5.4% in February from 12 months earlier.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 00:00
Judge scraps parts of Florida election law citing race
A federal judge overturned portions of a Florida election law passed last year, saying in a Thursday ruling that the Republican-led government was using subtle tactics to repress black voters.
The law tightened rules on mail-in ballots, drop boxes and other popular voting methods — changes that made it harder for black voters, who overall have more socioeconomic disadvantages than white voters, US District Judge Mark Walker wrote in his ruling.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 11:30 p.m
Activists celebrate as Biden announces gender X for US passports and neutral airport scanners
The Human Rights Campaign has praised the White House’s transgender initiatives, saying LGBT+ people have “an ally in the White House.”
“The news of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to policy reforms that will improve the lives of transgender and non-binary people in this country is a wonderful way to kick off this year’s International Transgender Day of Visibility,” he said The campaign’s interim president, Joni Madison, said in a statement.
President Joe Biden Thursday will announce a new gender X marker on U.S. passport applications, as well as gender-neutral airport scanners, among other measures aimed at making the federal government more inclusive of transgender people.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 10:45 p.m
Statement by the Minister of Energy on the reaction to the gas price increase
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s historic response to soaring gas prices as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues.
The Department of Energy will execute President Biden’s authorization to immediately release 1 million barrels per day from the Strategic Reserve for six months, and we are coordinating with our international allies and partners to assist us in releasing additional oil from Strategic Reserves . This historic measure is the latest move by the Biden-Harris administration to lower energy bills for working families, including yesterday’s DOE announcement of nearly $3.2 billion for home weathering through the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The Department of Energy also supports President Biden’s decision to use the Defense Production Act to increase America’s production of critical minerals vital to building our clean energy supply chains. Putin’s actions in Ukraine and the resulting disruptions in global energy markets have highlighted the urgent need to accelerate our clean energy transition that will make our country more energy independent and less vulnerable to the whims of dictators. The Department of Energy and this administration are investing aggressively in a wide range of clean energy technologies that will grow our economy, create high-paying jobs, lower costs for American families, and fight the climate crisis.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 10:33 p.m
Debunking Donald Trump’s false claim that he ‘built’ oil reserves.
Former President Donald Trump’s recent claim that his administration has “built up” US strategic oil reserves that have been “virtually empty” for half a century is an outright lie, according to US Department of Energy records.
Andrew Feinberg explains.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 10:25 p.m