THE WHITE HOUSE
President Biden remains focused on his climate agenda, citing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as an example of the importance of energy independence.
The European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs has voted against a measure that would ban Proof of Work (PoW) mining.
As China indicates a willingness to help Russia, the prospect of a proxy war between the aforementioned and members of NATO looms large.
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Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine yesterday did not result in any agreement, but the next round of talks will start today, and Zelenskyy has called on Russian forces to surrender.
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At the DNC fundraiser yesterday, Biden called the climate crisis “the existential threat to humanity. That’s not hyperbole.”
On his climate agenda, Biden said there’s “a long way to go” and that he’s running into some obstacles. Biden, at one point, referenced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as an example of “why we need to get off our dependence on fossil fuels.” He also said he’s going to continue to take executive action on climate “where I can,” but did not offer specifics.
This morning at the White House, Biden will sign the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, into law.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Biden, Harris, and the First Lady Jill Biden will host Equal Pay Day this evening at the White House.
At the eleventh hour, the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary affairs voted against the ban on Proof of Work (PoW) mining.
TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES
The State Department is urging US citizens and permanent residents to leave Russia “now.” Ned Price said that since August of 2021, the US Embassy has been able to provide only emergency services and that Americans can face financial issues due to sanctions, “the danger in participating in protests,” and increasingly limited flight options to depart.
As China indicates a willingness to help Russia, there is the prospect of a proxy war between them and members of NATO. Jake Sullivan met yesterday with Yang Jiechi and his delegation from the PRC in Rome to warn them against providing any military or other assistance to Russia. During the intense seven-hour session, the US said to Beijing that the US “will not allow any country to compensate Russia for its losses,” said Price.
During the meeting, Sullivan spoke about One China policy based on the Taiwan Relations Act, Three Communiqués, and Six Assurances. “He underscored concerns about Beijing’s courses and provocative actions across the Taiwan Strait,” a Senior WH Official told The Pavlovic Today.
Today in Ukraine, leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia will meet with Zlenskyy.
Evening news edition on Russia’s Channel One was disrupted during a live broadcast last night by an anti-war protester Marina Ovsayannikova holding a sign which read: “Stop the war. Don’t believe propaganda. They’re lying to you.” She was arrested shortly after and is now under house arrest. According a tweet by Osvayannikova that now has been deleted, she may face time in jail from 5 to 10 years under the criminal code.”I don’t regret it,” she said asking for public endorsement.
Julian Assange won’t be allowed to appeal against his extradition to the United States, the court in London has ruled.
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