White House Correspondent Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer gives her take on the latest news from the White House

THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden will return today to the White House from Camp David, where he and other Pentagon officials reviewed potential scenarios against Russian invasion of Ukraine.

DIGITAL ASSETS

El Salvador has invested more in Bitcoin, and FTX plans to launch Visa Crypto debit cards free of processing fees.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

US Embassy staff in Ukraine ordered to leave as fears of a Russian invasion grow. A defining week for Boris Johnson in the “partygate” inquiry.

*All this and more ahead!

Good Morning DC!

This Monday morning, the world awakes to the news that French fashion designer Thierry Mugler has  died at age 73, according to his official Facebook account.

BREAKING THIS MORNING: Julian Assange has won the first stage of his bid to appeal against the decision to extradite him to the United States at the Supreme Court.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser will cut the ribbon today on the new 801 East Men’s Shelter for the homeless. Opening the new 801 East Men’s Shelter follows the release of Homeward DC 2.0, which focuses on reforming homeless services and resources for adults experiencing homelessness. Under Homeward DC, the Bowser Administration closed and replaced DC General with smaller, more dignified shelters across DC. The action drove down family homelessness by 73%.

Soprano Nevena Bridgen shares her opulent talent in a world-premier of her music video for Puccini’s “Vissi D’arte.” Bridgen’s artistic vision honors 122 years since Puccini’s Tosca premiered.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden will return to the White House from Camp David today and will meet with members of his Administration to discuss efforts to lower prices for working families. Over the weekend, the President was looking with Pentagon officials at potential scenarios for Ukraine. (Scroll down for the information in the Foreign Affairs section.) 

On Friday night in Los Angeles, during the drive from the airport to the hotel,  several members of the vice president’s staff were in close contact with a member of the advance team who has since tested positive for COVID, the White House confirmed. 

“No members of the media were close contacts with this individual and the vice president was not a close contact with this individual. The staff members will not travel with the vice president on Monday,” the White House clarified, but the VPs trip today to Milwaukee, Wisconsin will go as planned.

DIGITAL ASSETS

El Salvador bought 410 bitcoin for “only 15 million dollars,” Nayib Bukele announced. 

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$33,521.96

Ether (ETH):$2,238.68

SOL:$83.62

LUNA: $61.37

FTX is launching Visa crypto debit cards, and US citizens with a social security number can sign up to be added to the waiting list. The FTX Visa card will be free and there will be no processing fees, an incentive that many traditional debit card users will like. 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The US government has ordered the family members of the US Embassy staff in Ukraine to evacuate amid the possibility of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Britain is pulling the staff of the UK embassy in the US, as well, the Foreign Office confirmed. “Some embassy staff and dependents are being withdrawn from Kiev in response to the growing threat from Russia,” the statement read. 

British intelligence deems that Putin has plans to install a pro-Russian government in Ukraine with Yevgeniy Murayev, a former member of Ukraine’s Parliament. In the face of growing tensions with Russia and what is becoming an imminent military action against Ukraine by the Russian troops, the Pentagon has given Biden several scenarios that the US President could act upon to support Ukraine. One of the options envisions Biden sending between 1000 and 5,000 U.S. troops to defend Ukraine against Russia. 

Across the pond, in the UK, Dominic Cummins will tell everything he knows to Sue Gray today in his last-ditch bid to sink the premiership of his frenemy, Boris Johnson. Sue Gray’s report is expected to be published by the end of the week. 

But that’s not all. Journalist Andrew Neil is making a Boris Johnson documentary, aptly titled ‘Has He Run Out of Road?’ It will premiere on January 30 and will talk about the biggest crisis in leadership since the fall of Margaret Thatcher. 

In Italy, Silvio Berlusconi pulled out of the presidential race. 

Martina Navratilova blasted a decision by the Australian Open to ban T-shirts supporting Chinese player Peng Shuai.

And that’s a wrap for this Monday morning, January 24, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

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Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...