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

THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden’s activity goes from 0 to 60 as he prepares today for his first press conference of the year. The only thing that needs a boost, however, appears to be Biden’s ratings.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Microsoft is moving into the metaverse, acquiring Blizzard with a payment of $69 billion in cash. 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 The world has eyes on Russia, and the anticipation for the eastern power’s next move on the border of Ukraine grows more restless each day.

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The January 6 Committee subpoenaed Rudolph Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, and Boris Epshteyn.

Why are they subpoenaed? The January 6 Committee lays out their reasoning as follows:

Rudolph Giuliani for “actively promoting claims of election fraud on behalf of the former President and [seeking] to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results.” The committee claims that Giuliani was “in contact with then-President Trump and various Members of Congress regarding strategies for delaying or overturning the results of the 2020 election.”

Jenna Ellis reportedly “prepared and circulated two memos purporting to analyze the constitutional authority for the Vice President to reject or delay counting electoral votes from states that had submitted alternate slates of electors.” 

Sidney Powell “actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of former President Trump in litigation and public appearances.” 

Boris Epshteyn “reportedly attended meetings at the Willard Hotel in the days leading up to January 6th and had a call with former President Trump on the morning of January 6th to discuss options to delay the certification of election results in the event of Vice President Pence’s unwillingness to deny or delay the certification.”

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.

TODAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden goes from no news to too much news, leaving too many messages to compete with each other on the same day. Not only will he hold a press conference not only to mark the anniversary of his tenure in office, but also to make a cybersecurity announcement and a deployment of masks announcement. 

Biden will make 400 million non-surgical N95 masks available from the Strategic National Stockpile for free. Masks will be distributed to tens of thousands of convenient locations nationwide, like local pharmacies and at thousands of community health centers across the country. VP Harris will ceremonially swear in Mark Brzezinski to be Ambassador of the United States of America to Poland. 

Biden will hold his first press conference of the year today at the White House at 4 pm E.T. His approval rating, one year into his presidency, is at 44%. That means the majority of Americans disapprove of the President so far. 

Despite the masks, vaccines, and boosters, Biden’s press conference will be held like the first one at the start of his presidency, when vaccines were not available, under restrictions of the pandemic. At any time only 42 journalists are allowed on the White House grounds. 

DIGITAL ASSETS

Solana is kicking off its Hacker House World Tour, a series of six-week-long hacker houses around the globe, starting with the first stop in LA this February.

Microsoft is moving into the metaverse with the acquisition of Blizzard. The move cost nearly $69 billion, and Microsoft paid with cash. 

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$41,978.13

Ether (ETH):$3,113.50

SOL:$135.69

LUNA: $79.72

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hybrid hearing that includes in-person and remote attendance on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 10:30 am. If you want to take a look at Chairman Pallone’s memo, click here.

The UK Treasury is taking action against misleading crypto ads. 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Across the pond, in the UK, twenty letters of no confidence will come in today against Boris Johnson, and a Good Morning DC source is “expecting more to come.” The vote of no confidence in PM Boris Johnson for breaking his own lockdown rules by attending Wine O’Clock parties is expected to take place next week, most likely on Tuesday. Cummings is expected to dump everything he has on Boris Johnson over the weekend, just in time for the Sue Gray report and the vote against the man he used to work for until he was fired. 

“We’re now at a stage where Russia could, at any point, launch an attack in Ukraine,” Jen Psaki shared the US assessment of the situation. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. They agreed to meet in Geneva, where Secretary Blinken will “urge Russia to take immediate steps to de-escalate.” Blinken will also go to Kyiv to consult with President Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s leaders, and Germany.

The State Department is concerned about the situation with Russia and Ukraine and the role of Belarus in it. “We’ve seen warning signs that the dynamics inside Belarus are enabling Russia to further prey on Lukashenka’s self-inflicted vulnerability,” said a State Department official. ”The reports of Russian troop movements towards Belarus, supposedly under the auspices of regularly scheduled joint military exercises, are concerning. The timing is notable, and of course raises concerns that Russia could intend to station troops in Belarus under the guise of joint military exercises in order, potentially, to attack Ukraine from the north.”

And that’s a wrap for this Wednesday morning, January 19, 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...