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

Good Morning DC,

WHCA Dinner is turning out to be a super spreader event. Bombastic headlines are missing, but the fact that ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who was sitting next to Kim Kardashian, tested positive for COVID qualifies for a CNN breaking news chyron. Steve Herman of Voice of America tested positive too, and many others who would rather keep the information private.

Moral of the story? Do not attend an indoor soiree with 3000 people to be a celebrity for one night. 

Last night in Ohio was a good night for Republicans. JD Vance, America First candidate is now Senator-elect and will face Tim Ryan in November. Number one takeaway? Trump’s endorsement still matters. 

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Jen Paski agrees that Judge Alito’s legal opinion leak that suggests the Supreme Court wants to overturn a historic law that legalized abortion is “unprecedented” or  “almost unprecedented.” She said that “there’s no question that [leak] raises eyebrows for many in the country, including those of us in the White House.” 

Biden was furious.“If the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose.” 

Today at the White House, at 11:30 AM, Biden will welcome Team USA to celebrate their participation and success in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

At 2 PM in the Roosevelt Room, the President will update the nation on economic growth, jobs, and deficit reduction. 

DIGITAL ASSETS

The Hawaii State Senate passed the bill SB2695, which establishes a blockchain and cryptocurrency task force. The bill has been co-signed by Senator Donovan Dela Cruz and Senator Rosalyn “Roz” Baker. 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

PM Boris Johnson gave a speech at Ukraine’s parliament to a standing ovation.He is the first foreign leader to address members of the Ukrainian parliament since the war in Ukraine started. “Ukraine will win,” said Johnson.  

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met yesterday with Akiba Takeo, the Secretary-General of Japan’s National Security Secretariat. The meeting took place ahead of  the President’s upcoming trip to the Republic of Korea and Japan. Both sides agreed that the meeting between Biden and Prime Minister Kishida was an “opportunity to affirm the strength of the US-Japan alliance, take steps to strengthen deterrence in the region, and advance our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.”  

Since winning the election, Emmanuel Macron spoke to Joe Biden and Olaf Scholz, but not with Boris Johnson. 

And that’s a wrap for this Wednesday morning, May 4, 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...