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SRN Correspondent Greg Clugston keeps you informed about all the news coming from the White House.

White House condemns Jerusalem synagogue “terror attack”

Fri, Jan 27, 2023 at 4:49 pm
The White House is denouncing the deadly violence in Jerusalem that left several people dead and wounded.  Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said “we strongly condemn the heinous terror attack” at a Jerusalem synagogue. In a written statement, she said the White House is “shocked and saddened by the loss of life.” And she noted that the attack took place on International Holocaust Remembrance Day,
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Pence takes responsibility for classified docs, “mistakes were made”

Fri, Jan 27, 2023 at 3:57 pm
Former Vice President Mike Pence is taking “full responsibility” after classified documents were found at his Indiana home. Pence told a university audience that “those hose classified documents should not have been” in his personal residence and, despite what he thought was proper handling of sensitive material, “mistakes were made.” The former vice president said he hopes that people realize that he acted swiftly to correct the error. He said he had directed his counsel to work with the National Archives, Department of Justice, and Congress, and is pledging to fully cooperate in any investigation.
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Biden taps Zients as next WH Chief of Staff

Fri, Jan 27, 2023 at 9:51 am
President Biden has named Jeff Zients as his next chief of staff. As the president prepares for a likely reelection bid while facing House Republican-led investigations, he has tapped Zients to succeed Ron Klain as White House chief of staff. Zients is no stranger to the Biden White House. At the start of the administration, he ran the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first major personnel change for an administration that has had low turnover in its senior staff and Cabinet.
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Former presidents, VPs asked to recheck for classified docs

Thu, Jan 26, 2023 at 7:54 pm
The National Archives has asked former U-S presidents and vice presidents to recheck their personal records for any classified documents. The Archives sent a letter to representatives of former presidents and vice presidents extending back to Ronald Reagan to ensure compliance with the Presidential Records Act. The request follows the news that President Biden and former Vice President Pence had classified documents in their possession. The issue of handling sensitive government material has taken on greater significance since former President Trump willfully retained classified documents at his Florida estate.
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Blinken will travel to Mideast amid US concern over violence

Thu, Jan 26, 2023 at 11:16 am

Secretary of State Blinken will travel to the Middle East this weekend in his first trip to the region this year. Blinken has scheduled stops in Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank. The trip comes amid an escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence. In fact, the State Department’s announcement came just hours after an Israeli raid on suspected terrorists in the West Bank that Palestinian officials say killed several people. The Biden administration also has expressed concerns about the direction of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s new government, as well as ongoing issues with Egypt’s human rights record.

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U.S. to send Ukraine 31 M1 Abrams battle tanks

Wed, Jan 25, 2023 at 12:37 pm
In a reversal, the United States will send nearly three dozen M1 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine. After arguing that the tanks were too difficult for Ukrainian troops to operate and maintain, President Biden announced that the U-S will provide 31 Abrams tanks — at the recommendation of the Pentagon. The U-S announcement was made in coordination with Germany’s decision to send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to help Ukraine fight Russian forces.
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U.S. poised to approve Abrams tanks for Ukraine

Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 4:05 pm
The Biden administration is poised to approve sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. U-S officials say details about sending the tanks are still being worked out. Until now, the United States has resisted providing its own M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, citing extensive and complex maintenance and logistical challenges with the high-tech vehicles. But international reluctance to send tanks to the battlefront against the Russians is diminishing, and President Biden has promised ongoing American support for Ukraine.
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White House not commenting on Pence classified docs

Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 3:24 pm
The White House is reserving comment about the discovery of classified documents at the Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence. As President Biden is being investigated for his handling of classified material, the White House is not commenting about sensitive documents found at Pence’s private residence. The Justice Department is already investigating the discovery of documents in President Biden’s Delaware home and his former DC office, as well as former President Trump’s Florida estate.
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Classified documents found at former VP Pence’s home

Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 1:44 pm
Classified documents have now been found in the home of former Vice President Mike Pence.Pence’s lawyer told the National Archives that a small number of documents bearing classified markings were inadvertently boxed and transported to Pence’s Indiana home at the end of the Trump administration. The lawyer said the former vice president “was unaware” of the documents’ existence in a locked safe and “stands ready and willing to cooperate fully with the National Archives and any appropriate inquiry.” Confidential information has also been recovered from the private homes of former President Trump and President Biden.
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After mass shootings, Biden pushes for gun control legislation

Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 11:32 am
President Biden is urging Congress to pass gun control legislation in the wake of several mass shootings. In a White House statement, the president lamented the loss of life in the latest California mass shooting, calling it “a senseless act of gun violence.” He called on both the House and Senate to “act quickly” and approve a federal Assault Weapons Ban and legislation that would raise the minimum purchase age for military-style firearms to 21. At this point, neither chamber of Congress has enough votes for such a measure to pass.
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White House faces more questions about Biden’s classified docs

Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 4:16 pm
President Biden’s chief spokesperson is getting peppered with questions about classified documents. Following last Friday’s FBI search of the president’s Wilmington, Delaware, home, and the recovery of six more classified documents, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced a host of questions. Despite the president insisting he takes the handling of classified documents “very seriously,” several batches of such documents have been found at his personal residence and former office.
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Zients to be new White House chief of staff

Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 11:26 am
President Biden is expected to name Jeff Zients as his next chief of staff.  The personnel change comes with current chief of staff Ron Klain preparing to leave the job in the coming weeks. Two people familiar with the matter say the president has selected Zients to lead his White House staff. At the start of the administration, Zients ran the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The president will be working with a new top aide as House Republicans launch investigations and as the White House faces a classified documents controversy.
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Biden lowers flags in honor of Calif. shooting victims

Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 11:25 am
President Biden has signed a proclamation honoring the victims of the mass shooting in Monterey Park, California. The president offered his thoughts and prayers to those affected by the deadly shooting. He directed the federal government to support local and state authorities. And he signed a proclamation in the victims’ honor, ordering flags to be lowered at the White House and all public buildings and lands through sunset on Thursday.
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FBI finds more classified docs in Biden’s home

Sat, Jan 21, 2023 at 8:58 pm
The FBI has recovered another batch of classified documents from President Biden’s home in Delaware. Federal officials searched the president’s home for nearly 13 hours, locating six more documents containing classification markings. The FBI also took possession of some of Mr. Biden’s notes. According to the president’s personal lawyer, the classified papers spanned Mr. Biden’s time in the Senate and the vice presidency. Last week, the president said there is “no there there” following the discovery of classified documents and official records at his home and former office.
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White House chief of staff Klain expected to leave soon

Sat, Jan 21, 2023 at 8:13 pm
There’s word that President Biden’s chief of staff may soon leave the administration. White House chief of staff Ron Klain is preparing to leave his job in the coming weeks, according to a person familiar with Klain’s plans. He has spent more than two years as the president’s top aide and has overseen a West Wing that has been largely free of drama and staff turnover. Klain’s expected departure comes as the White House struggles to contain the fallout after the discovery of classified documents in Mr. Biden’s Delaware home and former office.
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Pro-lifers push ahead while Biden vows to protect abortion

Sat, Jan 21, 2023 at 7:13 am

This year’s March for Life celebrated a major victory, but also showed resolve in the pro-life movement. Organizers and participants cheered the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. But March for Life president Jeanne Mancini said pro-life efforts continue. With President Biden vowing to use his executive authority to preserve abortion protections, Mancini said they will keep marching until abortion is “unthinkable.”

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Biden continues to face questions about classified docs

Sat, Jan 21, 2023 at 7:07 am
President Biden continues to face questions about the discovery of classified documents at his home and former office. The topic repeatedly comes up, including when the president toured flood damage in California. A reporter asked if he regrets not revealing the discovery of classified documents before the November election. He said, “there’s no there there.” The attorney general has named a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s probe into the documents.
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Thousands attend March for Life after Roe reversal

Fri, Jan 20, 2023 at 1:18 pm
Tens of thousands of pro-life Americans rallied in Washington at the 50th annual March for Life. As they’ve done for the last half century, pro-life advocates gathered here in the nation’s capital in opposition to legalized abortion. But this year was different, following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. March for Life president Jeanne Mancini said the annual march will continue. This year’s Theme is “Next Steps: Marching Forward into a Post-Roe America.
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Biden, N.American leaders condemn Brazil rioting

Mon, Jan 9, 2023 at 11:32 am

The leaders of North America are condemning the weekend rioting in Brazil’s capital. In a joint statement, President Biden joined Canada’s prime minister and Mexico’s president in denouncing the weekend protests, during which thousands of supporters of former President Bolsonaro stormed Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court, and presidential palace. The North American leaders, who are holding a summit in Mexico City, said they “stand with Brazil as it safeguards its democratic institutions.”

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Biden to meet with Canadian, Mexican leaders at summit

Mon, Jan 9, 2023 at 7:02 am

President Biden is in Mexico for a summit of North American leaders.  The president will be meeting with the leaders of America’s two closest neighbors — Canada and Mexico. John Kirby with the National Security Council says topics on the summit agenda include immigration, security, trade, and illegal drug trafficking.

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Biden visits southern border amid ongoing criticism

Sun, Jan 8, 2023 at 10:54 pm
President Biden inspected a Texas port of entry during his first trip to the southern border since taking office. Facing stiff criticism over border security, the president met with border officers and faith-based social service agencies, and he walked along a stretch of the border. Mr. Biden’s first visit to the U-S-Mexico border came as Republicans blame him for record numbers of migrants crossing into the country. Immigration will be one of the topics discussed at the North American Leaders Summit in Mexico City this week.
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Biden makes first border visit amid mounting criticism

Sun, Jan 8, 2023 at 7:02 am

President Biden travels to Texas for a visit to the U-S-Mexico border. For the first time since taking office and in the face of mounting criticism, Joe Biden goes to the southwest border, which has been overwhelmed by migrants entering the country illegally. However, the National Security Council’s John Kirby declined to say if the president would be seeing a sanitized El Paso. In the past few days, The Washington Examiner reported that the city cleared the downtown of expansive migrant camps ahead of Mr. Biden’s visit.

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Biden’s immigration policy angers Dems, advocates

Sat, Jan 7, 2023 at 7:02 am

President Biden’s new policies to lower illegal border crossings are drawing criticism, including from Democrats. The president announced that migrants and asylum-seekers from Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua, in addition to Venezuela, will only be granted access if they’ve applied for legal entry. But several Democrats and immigration advocates quickly condemned the announcement. The president’s move came ahead of his first visit to the U-S-Mexico border on Sunday.

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Biden honors Jan. 6 “heroes” on 2-year riot anniversary

Fri, Jan 6, 2023 at 3:40 pm
President Biden awarded citizenship medals to mark the two-year anniversary of the U-S Capitol riot. The president honored 14 individuals for their role in defending the Capitol during the violent assault and for safeguarding the results of the 2020 presidential election. Honorees included current and former law enforcement officers, elected officials, and election workers.  The Presidential Citizens Medal is awarded to those who “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.”
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