Latest from Biden: President returns home fighting criticism over Putin gaffe

Joe Biden on Vladimir Putin’s leadership in Russia

President Joe Biden returned home Sunday battling criticism from world leaders and pundits for the unscripted shot the president fired at Vladimir Putin over the weekend in which he remarked that the Russian president “ cannot stay in power. The comments, which many critics said could stoke tensions and harden Mr Putin’s resolve, appeared to distract from what would otherwise be seen as a successful four-day trip to Europe.

Biden’s aides came quickly over the weekend to backtrack on the president’s comments, explaining in interviews that Mr. Biden had not called for regime change in Russia, but instead pointed out that Mr. Putin “cannot be allowed to exercise power over its neighbors or the region,” an administration official told reporters.

The president’s remarks came during his tour of Poland, where he warned Russia not to tread an inch on the soil of a NATO ally.

The president has returned home to an administration struggling to win back the goodwill of the electorate. Mr. Biden’s approval ratings continued to hit rock bottom on the issues that matter most to voters, such as the economy, the ongoing pandemic and an increasingly complicated foreign policy crisis.

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Biden to answer questions after budget announcement

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 5:25 p.m.

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Democratic senator endorses Biden’s billionaire tax plan

News that Joe Biden is proposing new household taxes worth more than $100 million is welcomed by Democratic senators who are calling on the wealthy to ‘pay their fair share’, some of them since the crisis financial and before.

Call reporter Lindsey McPherson brought this chatter from the Capitol.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 28, 2022 5:04 p.m.

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Sanders hits out at Biden’s defense spending

Joe Biden’s budget includes a substantial increase in military spending, with the war in Ukraine clearly a major factor in the calculation. But Senator Bernie Sanders, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, is unimpressed:

Andrew NaughtyMarch 28, 2022 4:55 p.m.

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Biden calls new budget ‘statement of values’

Announcing his new budget proposal for next year, Joe Biden did not hesitate to show nobility.

“Budgets are statements of values,” he said in a White House statement, “and the budget I release today sends a clear message that we value fiscal responsibility, safety and security. at home and around the world, and the investments needed to continue our equitable growth and build a better America.

In translation, that means a lot more money for law enforcement (against the ‘defund the police’ trend in some parts of his party), “one of the biggest investments in our national security of history” – and, especially for those worried about the survival of American democracy, major investment in voting infrastructure.



As American democracy faces threats across the country, state, county and municipal governments that run federal elections have struggled to secure resources commensurate with improved access and security that voters expect and deserve. Federal funding for the equipment, systems, and personnel that make up the nation’s critical election infrastructure has been episodic or crisis-driven. To provide state and local election officials with a predictable flow of funding for critical capital investments and increased staff and services, the budget proposes $10 billion in new election assistance funds to be allocated to 10 years. The budget also proposes to fund an expansion of USPS delivery capacity to underserved areas and support for mail-in voting, including making ballots free and reducing the cost of other election-related mail for courts and voters.

If you feel up to it, you can check out the full budget proposal here.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 28, 2022 4:40 p.m.

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Former US Ambassador to Russia: Biden is right about Putin

The Biden administration is struggling to convince the rest of the world that Joe Biden was not calling yesterday for the forced removal of Vladimir Putin from power. But Michael McFaul, a leading Russian expert who served as U.S. Ambassador to Moscow during the Obama administration, has that opinion about Mr Biden’s “regime change” remarks in Poland yesterday…

Andrew NaughtyMarch 28, 2022 4:13 p.m.

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Report: Biden to ask Congress to defund police

After insisting during his State of the Union address this year that he disagreed with those calling for ‘defunding the police’, Joe Biden is now reportedly preparing to launch a budget which will do the exact opposite.

As reported by Axios, the proposed budget will include some $32 billion in new law enforcement spending. As the president told Congress in January, “We should all agree: the answer is not to defund the police. It’s to fund the police. Fund them. Fund them. Fund them with resources and training.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 28, 2022 3:43 p.m.

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Cory Booker on the “unassailable” Ketanji Brown Jackson

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker spoke out about the treatment of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson by Republicans on the Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings last week.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart yesterday, Mr Booker – whose closing remarks to Ms Brown Jackson moved the judge to tears – lamented that his colleagues’ attention to issues such as critical race theory has detracted from the importance of the work at hand: upholding the US Supreme Court’s decision as the first black woman justice.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 28, 2022 3:09 p.m.

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Biden on Putin: A warning from Macron

As the Russian attack on Ukraine approached, French President Emmanuel Macron was one of the West’s top high-level communicators along with Vladimir Putin (which did a lot of good). Like many other voices within NATO, he has now warned that Mr Biden’s remarks over the weekend.

“I wouldn’t use that kind of wording,” he said, “because I continue to have discussions with President Putin. “If this is what we want to do, we must not make it worse – neither with words nor with actions.”

Andrew NaughtyMarch 28, 2022 2:30 p.m.

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Americans stuck in Ukraine feel ‘abandoned’

An American couple whose daughter and grandchild are stranded in Ukraine say they feel abandoned by their representatives in the US Congress after their daughter’s failed attempt to flee the country to Slovakia.



Massachusetts parents Dr Deborah Hubbard and Dr William Hubbard say their daughter, Aislinn Hubbard, who has been studying in Kyiv at a prestigious dance school since 2018, tried to cross the Slovakian border shared with the war-torn country , but failed to do so. when officers asked to see her son’s birth certificate.

Because the young mother gave birth at home, a byproduct of the ongoing pandemic, and the fact that she hadn’t planned to flee the country from an invading army so soon after having her son, Seraphim, she had still not obtained the necessary documents (either a passport or a birth certificate) to travel with her baby.

Seraphim’s father, a Ukrainian, is not allowed to leave the country due to the government’s ban on all men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country.

Johanna Chisholm reports:

Andrew NaughtyMarch 28, 2022 1:50 p.m.

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Catch-up: What Biden said about Putin

The storm that swirled around Joe Biden upon his return from Europe was sparked by a single phrase about Vladimir Putin: “For the love of God, this man can’t stay in power.”

Biden calls for impeachment of ‘dictator’ Putin during speech in Poland

Efforts by the Biden administration to walk back the seemingly off-the-cuff remark have failed to quell the near-universal alarm the president has created among Western allied governments. The line also overshadowed much of the rest of Mr. Biden’s speech, which you can read in full on the White House website.

According to this transcript, here’s what he said before the already infamous last line…



So in this hour, let the words of Pope John Paul shine so brightly today: “Never, never give up hope, never doubt, never get weary, never be discouraged. Do not be afraid.”

A dictator determined to rebuild an empire will never erase a people’s love for freedom. Brutality will never reduce their will to be free. Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, because free people refuse to live in a world of despair and darkness.

We will have a different future – a better future rooted in democracy and principles, hope and light, decency and dignity, freedom and opportunity.

Read more about the incident below courtesy of Andrew Feinberg.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 28, 2022 1:00 p.m.

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