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

THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden to focus on the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs in a speech today in Culpeper, Virginia.

DIGITAL ASSETS

CEO of FTX “optimistic” after the Senate hearing on digital assets which took place yesterday. 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Boris Johnson intends to call an end to all COVID restrictions on the first day back after the half-term Parliament’s recess.

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McConnel speaks out against the RNC’s censure of Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger

“The issue is whether or not the RNC should be, sort of, singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC,” said McConnel.

“Let me give you my view of what happened on 6 January,” he began. “It was a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election, from one administration to the next.”

Russia and Belarus have started their 10-day military drill, while the tensions with Ukraine brew in the background. The Biden administration has called the drill “escalatory.” 

If Russia moves on Ukraine, it’s been projected that their forces could overtake Kyiv in two days, according to the White House. Jen Psaki, behind the White House podium, continues to encourage American citizens to depart. “There hasn’t been an invasion, and we don’t know that there has been a decision to invade,” she added. 

The White House is holding briefings on Ukraine with the members of Congress of both parties and believes that sanctions through  “a bipartisan bill would send a strong message to President Putin.”

The Biden administration reiterated their position against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Psaki said that the pipeline in the eyes of the US is a “Russian geopolitical project that undercuts the energy security and national security of a significant part of the Euro-Atlantic community.”   

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THE WHITE HOUSE

This morning in Culpeper, Virginia, Biden will be focusing on lowering the costs for Americans across all major areas of price increase and, in particular, lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs. In October last year, the Food and Drug Administration released a new proposed rule to have hearing aids sold over the counter without a prescription. That measure alone could save people hundreds of dollars. 

In the afternoon, Biden and Harris will meet with the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats to discuss the Supreme Court nomination process. Psaki says that Biden is treating the whole process “with seriousness, which is approaching it from a bipartisan manner and seeking engagement and advice from a range of officials, elected and non-elected.”

DIGITAL ASSETS

After the hearing on digital assets that took place yesterday, Sam Bankman-Friend expressed his “huge thanks to Sen Debbie Stabenow, Boozman, and the whole Senate Agriculture committee for inviting me to testify today.” 

The CEO of FTX said that the hearing was  “concrete, bipartisan, and productive,” and that he is “optimistic.” He said that “It is imperative that we allow the current industry to stay here [in the US], and hopefully much of the current off-shore industry to move back into the United States as well.”

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$44,689.70

Ether (ETH):$3,246.70

SOL:$113.56

LUNA: $56.68

BlackRock, a global investment firm,  is planning to offer crypto trading to their clients. 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Today, the British foreign secretary Liz Truss, is meeting with Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. “Minister Lavrov, I’m here on diplomats’ day to urge Russia to take the path of diplomacy,” said Truss. 

Still, the UK sanctions against Russia are coming.

“Our new sanctions legislation will be signed by an FCDO Minister this week and will be laid in Parliament shortly after,” according to the Foreign Office. “This will be the UK’s toughest sanctions regime against Russia, and means we can act in concert with the US and other partners.” 

Across the pond, PM Boris Johnson says that all remaining Covid restrictions in England, which are due to expire on 24 March, could end later this month. These also include the rules on self-isolating for at least five full days for anyone testing positive for COVID in England. “It is my intention to return on the first day after the half-term recess to present our strategy for living with Covid,” Johnson said at the Prime Minister’s Questions, determined to shift the news cycle and leave Partygate behind. 

Sir Keir Starmer will meet Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, in Brussels today. Starmer is the first Labour party leader to meet with NATO leadership in more than a decade. Jeremy Corbyn was and still is a vocal critic of NATO.

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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...