220412 – Biden calls Putin’s war -genocide- during Iowa speech
President Joe Biden has for the first time called the actions of Vladimir Putin’s army in Ukraine “genocide”. In remarks in Iowa regarding gas prices, the president said: “Your family budget, your ability to fill up – none of that should depend on a dictator declaring war and committing a genocide on the other side of the world.”
Mr. Biden has used the phrase “war crimes” before, but the administration has so far shied away from the term “genocide” when discussing the actions of Russian troops on the ground in Ukraine.
The White House is managing the fallout from new data showing consumer prices rose last year to their fastest level since 1981, reversing many of the wage increases Americans received during the post-Covid recovery. The figures come just as a new poll shows Mr Biden’s already low approval rating reaching new depths.
Its overall rating is now in the 40s, having dipped below 50 points at the time of the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The electorate apparently holds him even less when it comes to his handling of specific issues like crime and immigration.
Biden talks about NYC subway shooting
In Iowa, President Joe Biden comments on this morning’s New York City subway shooting in Brooklyn.
Jill and I – my wife and I are praying for those who are hurt among all those affected by trauma. We are grateful to all first responders who stepped into action, including civilians. Civilians who did not hesitate to help their traveling companions and tried to protect them. My team has been in contact with the New York Police Commissioner and the Department of Justice is working with the NYPD on the ground. They will continue to stay in close contact with authorities in New York as we learn more about the situation in the hours and days to come.
The attacker is still at large.
Here is our latest coverage of the incident:
Olivier O’ConnellApril 13, 2022 04:45
White House condemns ‘worrying’ Oklahoma abortion ban
An Oklahoma law criminalizing abortion care as a felony with 10-year prison terms and $100,000 fines for health-care providers marks an “unconstitutional assault” on women’s health, a White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 13, 2022 04:00
New York lieutenant governor arrested for bribery conspiracy
New York State’s second-highest ranking official, Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, has been arrested for wrongfully directing state funds to a Harlem real estate investor in return for paying thousands of dollars of illegal contributions to a failed own political campaign.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 13, 2022 03:15
Is Joe Biden the new Jimmy Carter?
The fact that inflation is at its highest since late 1981 already draws comparisons between Joe Biden and his Democratic predecessor Jimmy Carter, who presided over a period of economic malaise that turned around under Ronald Reagan.
But even if the comparison is apt, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all bad news for Democrats…
Olivier O’ConnellApril 13, 2022 02:30
ICYMI: US consumer price inflation at its highest level in four decades
The news is in: inflation in the United States jumped 8.5% last year, a figure not seen since the deep economic malaise that still persisted in 1981.
Costs for food, gas, housing and other goods have all gone up, meaning the pay rises people had received during the post-Covid economic recovery have been reversed.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 13, 2022 01:45
Why is US inflation so high and when might it come down?
Another month, another four-decade high for inflation.
For the 12 months ending in March, consumer prices rose 8.5%. It was the fastest year-on-year jump since 1981, far exceeding February’s mark of 7.9%, itself a 40-year high.
Even if you throw out food and energy prices – which are notoriously volatile and have driven much of the price spike – so-called core inflation has jumped 6.5% over the past 12 months. . It was also the biggest leap in four decades.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 13, 2022 01:00
Why is Biden allowing more ethanol in gasoline?
The Biden administration says it will suspend a federal rule that bans higher levels of ethanol in gasoline during the summer. The move, announced by President Joe Biden during a Tuesday visit to Iowa, is aimed at reducing pump prices that soared during the war between Russia and Ukraine. Iowa is a key producer of the corn-based fuel additive.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 13, 2022 12:15 a.m.
South Dakota attorney general indicted for fatal accident
The South Dakota House on Tuesday impeached state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg over a 2020 car accident in which he killed a pedestrian, but initially said he could have hit a deer or other large animal .
Ravnsborg, a Republican, is the first public official to be impeached in South Dakota history. He will be at least temporarily removed from office pending the historic Senate trial, where a two-thirds majority is needed to be convicted on impeachment. The Senate must wait at least 20 days to hold its trial, but has not yet set a date.
Ravnsborg did not contest a pair of traffic offenses in the crash last year, including illegal lane changing. He called Joseph Boever’s death a tragic accident.
In narrowly voting to impeach Ravnsborg, the Republican-controlled House accused him of committing crimes that caused someone’s death, making ‘numerous false statements’ to law enforcement after the accident and for using his office to navigate the criminal investigation. A conviction in the Senate would mean Ravnsborg would be barred from holding any state office in the future.
“When we deal with the life of one of your citizens, I think it weighed heavily on everyone,” said Republican Rep. Will Mortenson, who presented the articles of impeachment.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 11:30 p.m.
Bird poops on Biden during president’s speech
In some circles, that’s considered luck. But during Mr Biden’s speech on energy prices today in Iowa, cameras caught bird droppings falling on the president’s jacket. Watch below:
David TaitorApril 12, 2022 10:48 p.m.
Biden praises civilian heroes in Brooklyn subway shooting attack
President Joe Biden has praised first responders who responded to a gunman who opened fire on a crowded New York City subway.
“Jill and I – my wife and I pray for those who are hurt among all those who are affected by the trauma,” he said. “We are grateful to all the first responders who sprang into action, including civilians. Civilians who did not hesitate to help their traveling companions and tried to protect them.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki previously said the president “has been briefed on the latest developments” regarding Tuesday’s shooting.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 10:45 p.m.