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Good Morning DC, I hope you had a good night’s sleep. It’s Friday, and the weekend is just around the corner.
Before we get to the news of the day, Politico and The Independent have confirmed that Marjorie Taylor Greene got standing ovations in the House conference meeting on Wednesday, a piece of information you’ve read at The Pavlovic Today first.
Last night, 11 Republicans voted with Democrats to remove Greene: Adam Kinzinger, Nicole Malliotakis, John Katko, Fred Upton, Brian Fitzpatrick, Carlos Gimenez, Chris Jacobs, Young Kim, Maria Salazar, Chris Smith, and Mario Díaz-Balart.
There are no household names on this list, except for Kinzinger, who aspires to become a new leader of the Republican party. It may be a long road to get there, but Kinzinger, who is in a safe, traditionally Republican district, is the first one to do a litmus test with the electorate.
“Kinzinger’s the future,” a GOP source said for Good Morning DC, explaining that in the eyes of many, he could become an alternative to Kevin McCarthy.
Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis is a fresh addition to the list of Republicans who voted to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees. “It’s hard to stand up to your caucus, but she also did not want to compete with Greene,” a source familiar with the situation told Good Morning DC. Malliotakis is a staunch Trump supporter who objected to election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania during the Electoral College certification.
From the standpoint of political strategy, Republican House Representatives who voted with Democrats see Marjorie Taylor Greene as an easy target and a way to make a name for themselves at no cost. It’s a useful political branding on the national level, which they can return to when pursuing presidential ambitions. In American politics, having a recognizable name on the national level is everything.
Who cares is the theme of the day. Trump wrote to the President of SAGA-AFTRA.
“While I’m not familiar with your work, I’m very proud of my work on movies such as Home Alone 2, Zoolander and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; and television shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Lives, and of course, one of the most successful shows in television history, The Apprentice – to name just a few!”
“You’ve done nothing for me, I quit,” declared Trump. Now, that’s an attitude Melania displayed as a fashion statement on a trip to McAllen, Texas. I really don’t care, do you?
A very little has been said about the removal of Corey Lewandowski from the Pentagon board. “He’s unqualified,” a source told Good Morning DC. “Apart from that, I doubt that he would pass the background check.”
President Biden gave his first foreign policy speech yesterday, making a promise that “we will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again.” In a navy suit and striped tie, the President said that American leadership “must meet this new moment of advancing authoritarianism, including the growing ambitions of China to rival the United States and the determination of Russia to damage and disrupt our democracy.”
In his speech, Biden touched upon many hotspots of the world, Myanmar, and “politically motivated jailing of Alexei Navalny” the United States and the international community is deeply concerned about.
“Mr. Navalny, like all Russian citizens, is entitled to his rights under the Russian constitution. He’s been targeted — targeted for exposing corruption. He should be released immediately and without condition,” Biden said.
Jen Psaki told Americans from the White House podium that everyone will have to wear the masks after vaccination. Pompeo started a public argument with her, but Psaki is right, and Pompeo is not informed. If in doubt, call the experts.
Meanwhile, in the Senate…
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin responded to Biden’s decision to reverse the Trump Administration’s support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen: “Not only was this war never authorized as required by the Constitution, it is a humanitarian disaster with tens of thousands of children having already died of malnutrition. Thankfully, U.S. taxpayer dollars will no longer support this Saudi-led disaster in Yemen. Thank you, President Biden.”
Senator Dick Durbin, incoming Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Dream Act of 2021. “Only legislation passed by Congress can give Dreamers a chance they deserve to earn their way to American citizenship,” Durbin said.
“For years, I have supported a solution for the Dream Act population who were brought to the United States by their parents as minors,” Graham said. “I do not believe this legislation will pass and be signed into law as a stand-alone measure. I believe it will be a starting point for us to find bipartisan breakthroughs providing relief to the Dreamers and also repairing a broken immigration system. I look forward to working with Senator Durbin and others to see if we can find a way forward,” stated Senator Graham.
Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, and Representatives Ayanna Pressley, Alma Adams, Ilhan Omar, and Mondaine Jones reintroduced their resolution calling on the President to take executive action to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for federal student loan borrowers.
“Canceling student loan debt is the single most effective executive action that President Biden can take to kick start this economy,” said Elizabeth Warren.
Senators Rick Scott, Joni Ernst, and Kevin Cramer introduced a resolution to oppose the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), aka the Iran nuclear deal. They urge President Biden to work with Congress and refuse to re-join the Iran deal without significant reform.
Senator Marco Rubio went on America’s Newsroom to discuss the upcoming impeachment trial. He said that what happened on January 6th was horrifying but that “At the same time, I think the country needs to move forward.”
Rubio thinks that the Senators have a lot of other work to do and “should not spend at least a week — 7 or 8 hours a day inside the senate chamber — on an impeachment trial of a president who is no longer in office.”
Why is this relevant? Rubio has an answer for that too. “The automatic penalty for impeachment is removal from office”, he said. “How can you remove a president that’s not in office from office? The only reason we have impeachment is because you can’t criminally charge a sitting president. That’s no longer the case. I think that it’s a big waste of time. We should have other priorities that we should be focused on.”
Across the pond, the UK assumed No.1 place in the world for the administration of COVID vaccines, a thorn in the EU’s eye.
On Instagram, Russian writer Katya Fedorova started a campaign supporting Navalny’s wife, Yulia, who was also arrested during the Putin crackdown on protestors. In a selfie behind a white curtain, Fedorova is posing in a red top, calling on Russians to wear red to show that they care.
Louis Vuitton store is coming to Belgrade, a strategic move by President Vucic to boost Serbia’s tourism.
What will Biden do today?
This morning, after receiving the daily brief in the Oval Office, Biden and Harris will meet with House Democratic leaders and the House Committees’ Chairs working on the American Rescue Plan. Later in the day, the President will deliver remarks on the economy’s state and the American Rescue Plan in the State Dining Room. The Vice President and the Secretary of the Treasury will also attend. In the afternoon, the President will depart the White House en route to Wilmington, Delaware.
And that’s a wrap for this Friday morning. Hunter Biden is writing a tell-all memoir. If you think this week was full of drama, wait for the next one. Impeachment trial, the sequel is coming Trump’s way, but since the vote will be on-the-record, he is looking at an acquittal. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But sometimes, smoke is all there is. Au revoir until Monday. Yours truly, Good Morning DC.