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

THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden will meet with the Chancellor of Germany today to discuss Nord Stream 2 and joint military ventures in support of Ukraine.

DIGITAL ASSETS

The Senate Agriculture Committee will discuss at length the risks, regulations, and innovation surrounding crypto on Wednesday.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wife is the next to come under fire in the saga that can lead up to the vote of no confidence. 

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Deboarding Marine One onto the White House South Lawn yesterday, Biden said that he is “not going to speculate” whether he’d consider sending more US troops to NATO countries if Russia doesn’t deescalate.

The Association of Military Reporters and Editors is asking the Defense Department to allow journalists to embed with the US troops selected to deploy to NATO’s eastern flank.

On Meet the Press over the weekend, Jake Sullivan said Russia is ready to launch a “significant military operation” into Ukraine. “We are ready, our allies are ready and we’re trying to help the Ukrainian people get ready as well.”

Russel Brand called out CNN’s Brian Stelter on his podcast, and now they are calling him “the right-wing” Russel. Despite the fact that he is not right-wing, the label is handy to be applied to anyone who dares to think critically these days. 

ON THIS DAY

On February 7,1887 the Dawes General Allotment Act was passed. With it, the distribution of Native American reservation land among indigenous individuals was made possible. The bill was sponsored by Senator Henry L. Dawes.

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Today, Biden will host H.E. Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany at the White House and will hold a joint press conference later in the afternoon. At their meetings, the two will talk about the steps they can jointly take against Russia, among other things like climate change, pandemics, and the economy.  

“If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another Nord Stream 2 will not move forward,” said Senior administration official. 

DIGITAL ASSETS

FTX has released a policy paper on investor protections.

The Senate agriculture committee is holding a full hearing on digital assets on Wednesday. Senators will discuss the risks, regulations, and innovation around crypto

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$42,613.23

Ether (ETH):$3,075.99

SOL:$117.22

LUNA: $57.56

Paris Hilton NFT collection, “Paris: Past Lives, New Beginnings,” is live. “This drop captures the theme of reclaiming your power, speaking your truth, and celebrates a once-in-a-lifetime love story,” said Paris. 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Across the pond, in the UK, Queen Elizabeth is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking the 70th anniversary of her reign. The Queen has given Camila her blessing to step into her role as the Queen Consort in the future once Prince Charles becomes King of Britain.

Turning to The Mirror, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown talks about the humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan. “Once all but at the centre of the world’s attention, it is now a land all but forgotten – and our eyes have turned away as the planet’s biggest humanitarian disaster unfolds and people die, many frozen to death,” he says. 

PM Boris Johnson is working on the No. 10 reshuffle to save himself from the impending vote of no confidence. Over the weekend, he has been calling MPs he believes are still persuadable against bringing in the letter of no confidence to the 1922 Committee. 

At the same time, Lord Ashcroft has hit hard on Johnson’s wife, Carrie Johnson, accusing her of undue influence on her husband in his new book First Lady. Carrie’s PR hit back by accusing him and others of a “brutal briefing campaign,” claiming no role in the political decision-making of her husband. That, however, everyone in Whitehall knows not to be true. Carrie has a significant political influence on the way Britain is led. 

Macron is meeting Putin today in Moscow. The French president will lay out his plan for a “new security order in Europe.”

And that’s a wrap for this Monday morning, February 7, 2022. With tension brewing in the background, life goes on. 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...