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

Good Morning DC,

We are back on the domestic news cycle. The January 6 Committee has decided to recommend that Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino go in front of the Justice Department to face criminal contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas. 

Following Zelenskyy’s address, Will Smith has also been invited to speak in the UK parliament by a Conservative MP Dehenna Davison, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on One Punch Assaults. In an open letter to Smith, she wrote “While I found Rock’s joke in the poorest taste, I was very disappointed to see you use your substantial platform not for good, but for the promotion of violence.”

The rollercoaster of a nexus between politics and movie stars continues to rock on. 

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Today at the White House, Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore. Following their meeting, the two leaders will have a joint address in the East Room that may allow for asking Biden a question or two. 

In the afternoon, the President will pay his respects to Congressman Don Young, the Dean of the House and the longest-serving House Republican in history, as he lies in state at the US Capitol. 

After that, Biden will sign into law H.R. 55, the “Emmett Till Antilynching Act.

DIGITAL ASSETS

The ECASH Act introduced by Congressman Stephen Lynch proposes a digtal dollar which would be issued by the Treasury. 

This new bill requires the Treasury to initiate a two-phase e-cash pilot program within 90 days of enactment and deploy e-cash no later than 48 months after enactment.

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  • Phase 1: Consists of at least three “Proof-of-Concept” pilot programs which will determine the initial feasibility of e-cash design and deployment. At least two of the technologies selected for the pilot program must be based on secured hardware-based architectures that do not involve any common or distributed ledger, at least one must include a stored-value magnetic or pin card option for storage and payment, and at least one must include a cell phone or SIM card option for storage and payment.
  • Phase 2: Consists of at least one large-scale “Field Test” pilot program deployment to a segment of the American public.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Roman Abramovich has suffered symptoms of poisoning at peace talks in Kyiv earlier this month, it has been revealed. 

Ahead of the peace talks in Turkey, Zelenskyy has disclosed his negotiation cards to the public. He said that he would consider declaring military neutrality for Ukraine and agreeing over the Donbas region. 

This morning in Turkey, Russia’s deputy defense minister said they decided to “fundamentally cut back military activity in the direction of Kyiv and Chernigiv” in order to “increase mutual trust for future negotiations to agree and sign a peace deal with Ukraine.”

In response to a question about his remarks calling for the removal of Putin on Saturday, Biden said the only thing worse than an intended war is an unintended war and that “nobody believes I was talking about taking down” Putin. 

“The last thing I want to do is engage in a land war, a nuclear war with Russia,” he continued, insisting that he was expressing his moral outrage – not the policy of the United States. 

“People like this shouldn’t be ruling countries, but they do,” said Biden. 

Pressed on whether he would meet with Putin, POTUS said, “it depends on what he wants to talk about.”

BIDEN MAKES NO APOLOGY

“People like this [Putin] shouldn’t be in power. I don’t care what he thinks. Putin is going to do what he’s going to do. He’s not effected by anyone else – he goes to the beat of his own drummer. The idea that he’s going to do something based on what I said isn’t rational.”

POTUS Joe Biden

House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul went on State of the Union and responded to Biden’s call for regime change in Russia. 

“That’s not the policy of the United States here. The policy of the United States is to defeat the Russians in Ukraine. And I know it was off the cuff. But whatever the president says is – it carries a lot of weight. When he said minor incursion, that carried a lot of weight. And, in this case, it sends a very provocative message to Mr. Putin. If we’re so worried about provoking him that we couldn’t even send MiGs into Ukraine, how is this any different? In fact, I would say it’s more provocative than sending MiGs into Ukraine.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul

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Sir Keir Starmer did not want to answer whether a woman could have a penis.

Partygate fines for breaches of COVID-19 rules will begin being issued today. PM Boris Johnson, who famously almost lost his premiership over the issue, before being saved by the onset of the crisis in Ukraine, will be among the group of at least twenty government officials who receive the penalties.

Angela Rayner MP was asked on Good Morning Britain what does she think went on behind the scenes with the appointment of Lord Lebedev to the House of Lords, owner of The Independent and Evening Standard.

Well, this is the problem we don’t know because the Prime Minister, you know, accusations from his senior adviser that he intervened the commission rejected the peerage for Lebedev. And it’s clear that the Prime Minister overruled that against our national security advice. So that’s why we’re calling for that advice to be published so that we can get to the bottom of it, because when it comes to national security, the Prime Minister should not be disregarding that advice.

Angela Rayner MP

Given that the Labour may force the government of PM Boris Johnson to reveal security service advisory against the appointment of Evgeny Lebedev to the House of Lords, Lord Lebedev made a statement this morning.

Today, the Royal Family will attend a thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey for the life of Prince Philip. 

In COVID-19 news, Shanghai in China is heading into lockdown due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

And that’s a wrap for this Tuesday morning, March 29, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

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Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

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...