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

Good Morning DC,

“Elon Musk’s Twitter investment could be bad news for free speech,” says Washington Post. 

The only bad news that can come from having a free speech absolutist fixing broken algorithms and breaking up with censorship is for media conglomerates aligned with the political structures to preserve their monopoly in deciding what news and perspectives you see.

With Elon, free speech at least has a fighting chance. I welcome the values Elon and I share for dissenting, independent voices, like myself, who fall outside the political spectrum and are not a part of a media conglomerate. 

Upwards and onwards, here we go. 

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

As of right now, President Biden’s agenda for today has nothing on it but the morning presidential daily briefing. 

Psaki will brief the press at 1 PM today. 

DIGITAL ASSETS

The Bitcoin Conference in Miami is convening on its second day. 

“I’ll predict right here, 2024-both presidential candidates will be pro bitcoin and pro blockchain,” says Anthony Scaramucci.

Does he know something that we don’t? Neither Trump nor Biden are crypto enthusiasts, so Mooch may be hinting at some new candidates emerging on the political horizon. 

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$43,418.95

Ether (ETH):$3,195.69

SOL:$115.80

LUNA: $115.80

Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador, has canceled his attendance at the conference in Miami “due to unforeseen circumstances in my home country that require my full time presence as President of a nation.”

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

NATO foreign ministers will meet in Brussels today to discuss how to send more weapons to Ukraine. “NATO allies are providing many different types of weapons, also heavier systems, advanced systems, and also systems that can shoot down planes and, of course, attack Russian armor. This is exactly as Minister Kuleba said – that, you know, Ukraine is fighting a defensive war,” said Jens Stolenberg.

G7 Foreign Ministers issued a warning to Russia this morning.

“Russia must immediately comply with the legally binding order of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to suspend the military operations that it commenced on 24 February, 2022, in the territory of Ukraine. Further, we urge Russia to completely withdraw its military forces and equipment from the entire territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”

Following the US announcement on the new sanctions on Russia, the UK is following suit. What’s coming? Asset freeze on Russia’s largest bank, ban on oil and coal imports, and more financial pain for oligarchs. Billionaires Andrey Guryev and Moshe Kantor are looking at the sanctions coming their way.

David Smith, 57, arrested on spying charges, has denied spying for Russia. He remains in custody at Old Bailey in London. He was charged with nine offenses under the Official Secrets Act 1911.

PM Boris Johnson is turning to nuclear energy to solve the UK’s reliance on imported fuel.

“This is about tackling some of the mistakes of the past and making sure that we are set well for the future. And we’re no longer subject to, well never again, subject to the vagaries of the global oil or gas price. We can’t be subject to blackmail, as it were, from people such as Vladimir Putin, we have energy security here in the UK,” said Johnson.  

Adrian Ramsay, Co-Leader of Green Party in the UK, was asked this morning on BBC breakfast about his views on the new energy strategy led by the government. 

“This is an energy strategy that is not serving the needs of either people or the climate and we are facing two major crises at the moment, one being the cost of living crisis and people have seen hundreds of pounds on their energy bills and millions of people around the country are struggling to heat their homes and struggling to get by and at the same time we have an ever-growing climate emergency and we have been reminded of this week by the UN report that we have just a few years to accelerate the move away from fossil fuels if we are to avoid the crucial 1.5 degrees of global warming, and this energy strategy will not tackle either of those problems and most crucially, there is no focus at all on energy efficiency. The cheapest energy for all of us is the energy we don’t use and if we have a big focus on insulating peoples homes, that is the measure that can help people bring down their fuel bills and create jobs and create real energy security and there is no focus on energy security in here and nowhere near enough focus on the clean, renewable energies that we need for the future.”

Adrian Ramsay, Co-Leader of Green Party in the UK

And that’s a wrap for this Thursday morning, April 7, 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...