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

Good Morning DC,

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Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden revealed yesterday that he was responsible for Trevor Reed’s release from Russia. “I did it. I raised it,” said Biden, adding that the issue was raised “three months ago.”

Today, the United States, with 55 countries from around the globe, launched the Declaration for the Future of the Internet against “digital authoritarianism.”

The Declaration, according to the Biden Administration is a “political commitment” made to “advance an affirmative vision for the Internet and digital technologies.”

What will the Declaration pledge do?

  • Protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people
  • Promote a global Internet that advances the free flow of information
  • Advance inclusive and affordable connectivity so that all people can benefit from the digital economy
  • Promote trust in the global digital ecosystem, including through protection of privacy
  • Protect and strengthen the multistake holder approach to governance that keeps the Internet running for the benefit of all

Today at 10:45 AM at the White House, Biden will address the nation in support of Ukraine.  

At 2PM, the President will meet with small business owners to discuss the small businesses boom under his leadership. 

In the evening, in honor of Yom HaShoah and Holocaust Remembrance Week, the President and the First Lady will host their first official film screening at the White House, showing HBO’s “The Survivor.” 

The director, producers, lead actor, and representatives of the American Jewish community will attend the screening in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden.

Who is endorsing the Declaration? 

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, North Macedonia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uruguay, as well as the European Commission.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Edward Snowden has been revealed as the sixth person who took part in the zcash creation ceremony. At the time, Snowden was using the pseudonym John Dobbertin.

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$39,649.45

Ether (ETH):$2,927.87

SOL:$99.88

LUNA: $91.42

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

On Tuesday, May 3, Biden will travel to Alabama to visit a Lockheed Martin facility which manufactures weapon systems, such as the Javelin anti-tank missile, that Ukrainians are using against Russia. 

On May 10, 2022, Biden will host Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy at the White House.

Biden will visit Korea and Japan from May 20 to May 24, 2022. 

Responding to Russia’s decision to cut off a gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria, the EU and Ukraine said that Putin is using “blackmail” to break up the unity of the Western alliance. 

Putin said that Russia will respond immediately to any country attempting to interfere in the war.

The war in Ukraine is our war. It is everyone’s war. Because Ukraine’s victory is a strategic imperative for all of us. Heavy weapons, tanks, airplanes. Digging deep in our inventories, ramping up production. We need to do all of this.

Liz Truss

UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres is coming to Kyiv today in an attempt to facilitate a peace agreement. 

Two men have been arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying for Russia. 

Across the pond, another scandal is shuttering the House of Commons. A Conservative MP, who has not been named yet, has been reportedly caught watching pornography on his mobile phone in the parliamentary Chamber. As of right now, an investigation is taking place. 

“Of course sexual harassment is intolerable and it’s quite right that members should now have a procedure by which they can bring that to the attention of the house authorities and I think that’s a good thing and of course it is grounds for dismissal.” 

Boris Johnson 

And that’s a wrap for this Thursday morning, April 28, 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...