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

Good Morning DC,

Jen Paski does not know who Nina Jankowicz is. A woman who used to call Hunter Biden’s laptop the “Trump campaign product,” has been chosen to oversee the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board ahead of the midterms. She also made some polarizing comments about Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase.

“I don’t know who this individual is,” said Psaki.

At the White House press briefing yesterday, one of the reporters tried to cut in and get his question answered, which did not fit well into the newly established orderly fashion post-Trump. What caught my attention was that, immediately after the briefing was finished and cameras were turned off, the same female reporters who were shouting at Trump, cutting off other journalists, and made their name by yelling and screaming questions, all ganged up on this reporter to give him the third degree about the “rules we have here,” for God’s sake. 

“Have a nice day,” the reporter told them and walked away. 

It’s Friday, so let’s dig in. 

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE


Today at 1PM, Biden will talk on the phone with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico ahead of the Ninth Summit of the Americas. They are planning to discuss cooperation on migration, joint development efforts in Central America, competitiveness and economic growth, security, energy, and economic cooperation. 

At 3:15 PM, Biden will attend a meeting with Inspector Generals in the State Dining Room.

DIGITAL ASSETS

The House Agriculture Committee is going forward with a new bill, the Digital Commodity Exchange Act of 2022 that wants to regulate oversight of digital commodity markets “without diminishing the innovation and creativity.”

Republican Leader Thompson said that it is critical for Congress to take legislative action “to promote sensible regulation and define how these markets should be regulated. Today’s legislation is a culmination of years of work to define a framework that fosters innovation, protects consumers, and reduces regulatory uncertainty.”

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$38,851.40

Ether (ETH):$2,851.95

SOL:$95.88

LUNA: $86.53

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Foreign Office confirmed that a UK citizen has been killed in Ukraine, and another one is missing. 

Over the last few days there have been a series of fires and explosions inside Russia’s borders.

UK’s Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said that “It is perfectly right for Ukraine to use those weapons to defend itself, and part of defending itself in this type of invasion is obviously where Ukraine will go after the supplied lines of the Russian army.” 

The UK is sending 8,000 troops to Eastern Europe in what is seen as the biggest deployment since the Cold War. 

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has warned that countries intervening in the conflict in Ukraine that they will face retaliation.

In Ukraine, before meeting President Zelenskyy, the UN Secretary General visited mass graves yesterday. The war in Ukraine, he called “evil” and “an absurdity in the 20 first century.”

The UK’s Channel 4 TV network is going to be privatized. The Government has released a White Paper under which they will allow the broadcaster to raise funds in a way that it can’t do at the moment as a nationalized organization. Channel 4 says it’s disappointed by the plans. 

“It’s important for recognizing the regulation of broadcasting needs to be fit for a digital age where increasingly viewers see any service they use, be it YouTube or Netflix as television, just as much as the ITV BBC and Channel Four. So that regulation has to be right and I think, as we’ve just made the point on Channel Four, we’ve got to think about what’s best for Channel Four in the longer term. Already, Channel Four spends a lot less each year on first run original content than it did 10 years ago. And that’s because its budgets are being squeezed, it can’t own and invest in programs in the way other broadcasters can do. And I think in the long term, that’s not a strong position for Channel Four to be in.”

MP Damian Collins:

The BBC in London had a Royal visit. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the BBC’s Headquarters yesterday morning. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is planning to end the BBC license fee. Streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ are set to be regulated by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom.

Miami Vice? American Made? The premier of the British Virgin Islands, Andrew Fahie, has been arrested in a sting operation in Miami on charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States.

Finally, who is the Tory MP accused of watching pornography in the House of Commons? The plot is thickening. 

Have a great weekend, everybody! 

And that’s a wrap for this Friday morning, April 29, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back on Monday 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...