Salem Radio Network News Saturday, January 28, 2023

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Greg Clugston

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

Biden: sending Patriot missiles to Ukraine “not escalatory”

Thu, Dec 22, 2022 at 7:07 am

President Biden is defending his administration’s decision to send a Patriot missile battery to Ukraine.
The latest U-S military aid package includes advanced weaponry that Ukraine has requested. However, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said the delivery of the advanced surface-to-air missile system would be considered a provocative step. President Biden disagrees, saying “It’s not escalatory — it’s defensive.” The Pentagon said the Patriot training for Ukrainian forces could take several months.

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Biden promises Ukraine aid “for as long as it takes”

Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 6:24 pm

President Biden is vowing to provide assistance to Ukraine as it defends itself against Russia’s invasion.
In a show of solidarity, President Biden stood side by side with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy at a joint White House news conference, pledging ongoing support. Zelenskyy thanked America for its support, but also made clear he will continue to press Mr. Biden and other Western leaders for even more assistance. The Ukrainian leader’s wartime visit came 300 days after Russia’s invasion.

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Biden welcomes Ukraine’s Zelenskyy at White House

Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 3:10 pm

President Biden welcomed Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to Washington [WED] in a gesture of continued support. At the start of talks in the Oval Office, President Zelenskyy thanked President Biden and the American people for their ongoing support. Mr. Biden said Russia’s Vladimir Putin has been waging a “brutal” war against Ukraine for 300 days, including an escalating assault on citizens. And he pledged continued financial, military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

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U.S. sending Patriots to Ukraine under $1.85B aid package

Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 1:32 pm

The Biden administration has announced nearly two-billion dollars in new military aid to Ukraine, including a Patriot missile battery.  The new assistance package is noteworthy because it includes the Patriot for the first time. It’s the most advanced surface-to-air missile system the West has provided to Ukraine since Russia invaded in February. The Pentagon will also send an undisclosed number of Joint Direct Attack Munitions kits to Ukraine. And the U-S will fund satellite communications terminals and services. The Biden administration described the aid as “critical new and additional military capabilities to help Ukraine defend itself.”

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Biden to host Ukraine’s Zelenskyy at White House

Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 9:56 am
Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy will meet with President Biden in Washington this afternoon. Zelenskyy’s surprise visit to Washington comes 10 months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and with Congress voting on a year-end spending package that includes tens of billions of dollars in additional assistance for Ukraine. President Biden will host Zelenskyy for talks in the Oval Office, followed by a joint news conference. Later, the Ukrainian leader is scheduled to address a Joint Session of Congress.
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U.S. slams Taliban’s barring of women from universities

Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 9:08 pm
The United States is condemning the Taliban’s barring of women from universities in Afghanistan. In the latest crackdown on women’s rights and freedoms, Taliban rulers banned female students from universities effective immediately. The move comes despite initially promising a more moderate rule and women’s and minority rights after their takeover of Afghanistan last year. At the White House, a National Security Council denounced the Taliban’s decision as “indefensible” and “deplorable.” It warned that the Taliban “will be further alienated from the international community and denied the legitimacy they desire.”
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Biden admin wants to end Title 42, but not before Christmas

Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 7:55 pm
The Biden administration wants the Title 42 asylum restrictions lifted, but not before Christmas. Chief Justice John Roberts this week issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place and asked the Biden administration to respond. In a filing to the Supreme Court, the federal government acknowledged that ending the restrictions will likely lead to “disruption and a temporary increase in unlawful border crossings.” While the Biden administration wants the policy to expire, it asked the court not to lift the limits before Christmas.
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Biden to attend North American leaders summit in Mexico in Jan.

Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 1:35 pm

President Biden will travel to Mexico next month for North American leaders summit. Mexico announced the summit last month, but the U-S had not publicly confirmed it until now. The White House says the president will meet with Mexico’s president and Canada’s prime minister on January 9 and 10. National Security spokesman John Kirby says the leaders will discuss economic stability, security, and immigration, among other topics. Last year, Mr. Biden hosted the summit here in the nation’s capital.

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Set to expire, Title 42 asylum restriction hangs in balance

Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 10:15 am
A pandemic-era asylum restriction is hanging in the balance after intervention by the Supreme Court. The border policy known as Title 42 is set to expire tomorrow and conservative-leaning states warned that a massive influx of migrants would overwhelm law enforcement and health care services. Chief Justice John Roberts granted a temporary stay, giving the Biden administration until 5pm Eastern today to respond. The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for enforcing border security and the White House says it has been “surging” resources to the southern border.
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White House withholds comment on Trump criminal referrals

Mon, Dec 19, 2022 at 4:09 pm
The White House is withholding comment on the January 6th committee’s recommendation that former President Trump face criminal charges for his role in the 2021 Capitol riot. President Biden has described the work of the January 6th committee as important. But on the criminal referrals to the Justice Department, the White House did not comment. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the White House will refrain from politicizing the House committee’s work.
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Biden unveils plan to reduce homelessness

Mon, Dec 19, 2022 at 10:53 am
The Biden administration is ramping up efforts to help reduce homelessness in America. The president has unveiled a new strategy that sets a bold goal of lowering the number of homeless Americans 25 percent by 2025. In a statement, he says his plan is a “roadmap” for getting people into housing and giving them access to support services and jobs. The latest government survey shows more than half a million homeless people across the country.
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Biden to condemn antisemitism at Hanukkah reception

Mon, Dec 19, 2022 at 10:39 am

President Biden plans to deliver an antisemitism message at a White House Hanukkah reception. The president will address a rise in antisemitic events in the U-S when he gathers this evening for a menorah lighting and Hanukkah blessing. The White House says he will tell guests that silence is complicity and will add that it’s imperative that hate, violence and antisemitism are condemned. Last week, the White House hosted a discussion on the topic with Jewish leaders.

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Migrants pack the southern border with asylum policy ending

Mon, Dec 19, 2022 at 7:02 am

It’s shaping up to be a critical week involving immigration policy. A public-health rule called Title 42 is scheduled to expire on Wednesday, but Republican-led states have asked an appeals court to keep it in place. The Trump-era policy has denied asylum seekers entering the United States on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, thousands of migrants are packing shelters on Mexico’s border with the U-S, waiting for the policy to end.

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The Federal Reserve has signalled that interest rate increases will continue through all of 20-23

Sun, Dec 18, 2022 at 6:13 pm

The Federal Reserve has signalled that interest rate increases will continue through all of 20-23

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Last week, the Fed ended its final meeting of the year by raising its short-term interest rate by half a percentage point, its seventh straight increase this year. Wall Street had been hoping that the central bank would signal an easing of rate increases heading into 2023, but the Fed instead said the opposite. Fed policymakers suggested that the central bank’s rate will go from about 4 and-a-quarter percent to a range of 5 to 5 and-a-quarter percent by the end of next year. GC, Wash.

 

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The United States is beginning to replenish the strategic oil reserves after a drawdown the past few months

Sun, Dec 18, 2022 at 6:12 pm

The United States is beginning to replenish the strategic oil reserves after a drawdown the past few months

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Back in March, President Biden approved the withdrawal of 180 million barrels from the nation’s strategic reserves in a bid to stop rising gasoline prices. The move came amid production cuts by OPEC and a ban on Russian oil imports. Now, the Biden administration says the U.S. is buying 3 million barrels of oil to begin adding to the stockpile, which is at its lowest level since the 1980s. Officials say the new purchase will begin in January, with additional purchases likely to follow. GC, Wash.

 

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President Biden is facing pushback over his intention to run for reelection

Sun, Dec 18, 2022 at 6:11 pm

President Biden is facing pushback over his intention to run for reelection

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There’s a new 60-second ad airing in New Hampshire urging the president not to launch a 2024 campaign.

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But the ad isn’t from conservatives or Republicans. It’s from the progressive organization RootsAction. The spot features liberal Democrats who criticize Mr. Biden for not doing more on the environment and universal healthcare. And they express concerns about the president’s ability to take on a Republican candidate in 2024. GC, Wash.

 

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Liberal Democrats urge Biden not to run in 2024

Sun, Dec 18, 2022 at 7:10 am
President Biden is facing pushback over his intention to run for reelection. There’s a new 60-second ad airing in New Hampshire urging the president not to launch a 2024 campaign. But the ad isn’t from conservatives or Republicans. It’s from the progressive organization RootsAction. The spot features liberal Democrats who criticize Mr. Biden for not doing more on the environment and universal healthcare. And they express concerns about the president’s ability to take on a Republican candidate in 2024.
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Fed forecasts continued interest rate hikes in 2023

Sun, Dec 18, 2022 at 7:05 am

The Federal Reserve has signaled that interest rate increases will continue through all of 2023. Last week, the Fed ended its final meeting of the year by raising its short-term interest rate by half a percentage point, its seventh straight increase this year. Wall Street had been hoping that the central bank would signal an easing of rate increases heading into 2023, but the Fed instead said the opposite. Fed policymakers suggested that the central bank’s rate will go from about 4 and-a-quarter percent to a range of 5 to 5 and-a-quarter percent by the end of next year.

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U.S. to start replenishing strategic oil reserves

Sun, Dec 18, 2022 at 7:02 am

The United States is beginning to replenish the strategic oil reserves after a drawdown the past few months. Back in March, President Biden approved the withdrawal of 180 million barrels from the nation’s strategic reserves in a bid to stop rising gasoline prices. The move came amid production cuts by OPEC and a ban on Russian oil imports. Now, the Biden administration says the U.S. is buying 3 million barrels of oil to begin adding to the stockpile, which is at its lowest level since the 1980s. Officials say the new purchase will begin in January, with additional purchases likely to follow.

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Judge: Biden wrong to end “Remain in Mexico” policy

Sat, Dec 17, 2022 at 7:07 am

A federal judge has ruled that the Biden administration wrongly ended the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” immigration policy. On his first day in office, President Biden suspended the policy, which makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. After this week’s court ruling, the Department of Homeland Security said it was evaluating its next steps. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who sued to keep “Remain in Mexico” in place, called it a victory “for now.” The ruling had no immediate impact but could prove a longer-term setback for the White House.

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White House unveils winter COVID-19 plans

Sat, Dec 17, 2022 at 7:02 am
The Biden administration has unveiled its winter COVID-19 plans. As the cold weather months arrive, coronavirus cases are up across 90 percent of the country. White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha says the most important thing Americans can do is get their updated vaccine shot. The White House is once more making available free COVID-19 tests. Each household can order four free at-home tests, which will be mailed starting in the coming week.
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TSA raising fines after finding record guns in carry-ons

Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 8:14 pm

Fines are increasing for air travelers caught with a firearm in their carry-on bag. The Transportation Security Administration says it has intercepted a record-high 6-thousand 301 guns so far this year at U.S. airports. As a result, the TSA is raising the fine for people caught attempting to bring a firearm onboard. It’s raising the maximum fine by a little more than $1,000 to $14,950. Passengers may also face arrest depending on local and state laws. Firearm possession laws vary by location, but guns are never allowed in carry-on bags at any airport security checkpoint.

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Biden signs bill to keep government open through Dec. 23

Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 3:38 pm
President Biden has signed legislation to fund the government for an additional week as lawmakers race to finish a full-year spending package. The temporary budget bill will keep the government running through next Friday, December 23rd. Lawmakers voted for an extension to give themselves more time to finish a longer-term spending package before heading home for the holidays and a new Congress is sworn in.
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Biden touts PACT Act health benefits for veterans

Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 1:17 pm
President Biden is encouraging military veterans to sign up for expanded benefits under a new law. In his home state of Delaware, the president visited veterans at a National Guard facility named after his late son. He touted the law known as the PACT Act, which helps veterans get screened and treated for exposure to toxins. The administration has been hosting events around the country to draw attention to the new benefits. According to the White House, more than 730-thousand veterans have already received screenings.
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