Salem Radio Network News Monday, September 26, 2022


Greg Clugston

SRN Correspondent Greg Clugston keeps you informed about all the news coming from the White House.

Biden faces low approval for handling of the economy

Mon, Sep 26, 2022 at 3:12 pm

President Biden continues to face low approval for his handling of the economy. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows the president deeply underwater when it comes to the economy — with 57 percent of Americans disapproving and just 36 percent approving. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre brushed off the numbers. President Biden’s overall job approval remains under 40 percent.

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Biden to hold rally in Florida – home to Trump, DeSantis

Sun, Sep 25, 2022 at 7:07 am
President Biden will hold a political rally this week in Florida — home to some of his fiercest GOP critics. On Tuesday, the president will stage a grassroots rally in Orlando. It will be his first political event in a state that is home to Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis. Mr. Biden and the governor have clashed over COVID-19, gender, and immigration issues. While Trump holds a national advantage among Republican voters, recent polls show DeSantis higher in Florida, making him a potential 2024 presidential rival.
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Fed, White House acknowledge economic growth is slowing

Sun, Sep 25, 2022 at 7:01 am
The White House acknowledges that economic growth is slowing as the country fights inflation. After the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again last week, chairman Jerome Powell offered a blunt assessment of what lies ahead — slower growth and higher unemployment. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre says that comes as no surprise. The Fed has been trying to curb inflation without causing a recession. But Powell said that looks increasingly unlikely.
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Judge: lawyers must provide evidence backing Trump claims

Sat, Sep 24, 2022 at 7:07 am
Donald Trump’s legal team has until Friday to provide evidence backing up some of the former president’s claims about documents seized by the FBI. Trump has claimed that he had declassified any documents found at Mar-a-Lago and also that the FBI planted documents. In response, federal judge Raymond Dearie asked Trump lawyers to provide any evidence casting doubt on the integrity of the documents. Lawyers have until Friday to submit a list of specific items that the former president “asserts were not seized from the premises.”
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No change yet in U.S. nuclear posture after Russia’s threats

Sat, Sep 24, 2022 at 7:01 am
Russia’s latest nuclear threats have yet to force a change in America’s nuclear posture. President Vladimir Putin says he’s not bluffing about using “all means available” if Russia’s territory is threatened. President Biden told world leaders at the U-N that Putin’s threats are “reckless” and U-S diplomats urged other nations to tell Russia to stop making nuclear threats.
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White House denounces Russia’s “sham” elections in Ukraine

Fri, Sep 23, 2022 at 4:02 pm
The United States and other G-7 nations are condemning Russia’s attempt to annex parts of Ukraine. A Kremlin-orchestrated referendum is underway in occupied regions of Ukraine that seeks to make them part of Russia. President Biden has called Vladimir Putin’s actions a violation of international law. The White House is also prepared to impose additional economic penalties against Russia.
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House GOP unveils new agenda, Biden dismisses it

Fri, Sep 23, 2022 at 2:37 pm

President Biden is responding to the new “Commitment to America” agenda launched by House Republicans. On Friday morning, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy unveiled the agenda that focuses on economic, border security, and social policies. A few hours later, the president responded. The punch and counterpunch indicate that, with six weeks to go before the midterms, the debate over priorities and the nation’s future will only intensify.

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Biden pledges to strengthen ties with Philippines’ new leader

Thu, Sep 22, 2022 at 2:44 pm
President Biden is pledging to strengthen ties with the Philippines, which is under new leadership. The president held a face-to-face meeting with new Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in New York. Topics included tensions in the South China Sea, security, and the economy. Mr. Biden pledged to work on relations between the two countries, which he said have had some “rocky times” in the past. Marcos is the son of the Philippines’ former dictator, and he succeeded another dictator when he took office in June.
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Biden calls Russia’s words, actions “outrageous”

Thu, Sep 22, 2022 at 7:01 am
President Biden says Russia’s recent rhetoric and planned actions are “outrageous.” The president is critical of Russia’s Vladimir Putin for making “overt” nuclear threats — describing them as “reckless.” Mr. Biden also condemns Russia for scheduling, what he called, “sham referenda” this week in Ukraine territory it has seized by force. At the United Nations yesterday, the president called on the world to bolster Ukraine’s effort to defend itself.
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Biden and British PM commit to protecting N. Ireland peace

Wed, Sep 21, 2022 at 3:00 pm
President Biden has held talks with Britain’s new prime minister. During a meeting at the U-N in New York, President Biden and Prime Minister Truss declared themselves staunch allies. The two leaders see eye to eye on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and they share concerns about China’s growing assertiveness. But there are worries over Brexit’s impact on Northern Ireland peace. At the start of their talks, the president said both he and Truss are “committed to protecting the Good Friday Agreement of Northern Ireland.”
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Biden: Russia’s war against Ukraine “shamelessly” violates UN charter

Wed, Sep 21, 2022 at 12:12 pm
President Biden used a United Nations speech to forcefully condemn Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine. Addressing world leaders, the president took direct aim at Moscow. He said Russia’s Vladimir Putin launched a “brutal, needless war” in Ukraine, but he challenged the U-N to be “unwavering” in its resolve. Mr. Biden also criticized Putin’s new nuclear threats against Europe as “reckless.”
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In U.N. speech, Biden to firmly “rebuke” Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm
President Biden will use his United Nations speech on Wednesday to focus heavily on Russia’s war against Ukraine. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says President Biden will deliver “a firm rebuke of Russia’s unjust war.” Sullivan says the president will make clear that Russia is violating the U-N charter — that countries cannot conquer their neighbors by force.
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Biden, UK’s Truss to meet on sidelines of UN General Assembly

Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 2:50 pm
President Biden will meet with Britain’s new prime minister this week at the United Nations. The White House says the president will hold talks with British Prime Minister Liz Truss on the sidelines of the U-N General Assembly in New York. An official says the two leaders will discuss the countries’ economic relationship and the importance of preserving the agreement that ended conflict in Northern Ireland.
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White House slams planned votes for Ukrainian regions to join Russia

Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 2:21 pm
The United States is sharply criticizing planned votes for parts of Ukraine to join Russia. With Moscow suffering setbacks on the battlefield, it wants to fold four regions of Ukraine into Russian territory. Here at the White House, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan slammed the planned votes as a “sham” and said the United States would not recognize the results. Sullivan said Russia’s suddenly-announced voting for later this week “are not the actions of a confident country.”
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Federal support promised to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Mon, Sep 19, 2022 at 5:13 pm
President Biden is pledging an increase in federal support to hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico. The president spoke to Puerto Rico’s governor during the Air Force One flight back from the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth. A White House statement says the two “discussed the immediate needs of the people of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Fiona.” More than 300 federal personnel are already working on the island to assist with response and recovery — and the president said that number “will increase substantially” in the coming days.
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Biden claims “the pandemic is over” even as deaths continue

Mon, Sep 19, 2022 at 4:53 pm
President Biden claims the coronavirus pandemic “is over.” The president told 60 Minutes that “we still have a problem with COVID,”  but “the pandemic is over.” During the interview, he said, “no one’s wearing masks” and “everybody seems to be in pretty good shape.” Even though the toll of the pandemic has diminished, the CDC says nearly 400 people a day continue to die from COVID-19 in the United States.
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American released from Afghanistan in Taliban prisoner swap

Mon, Sep 19, 2022 at 10:21 am
The Taliban has released an American contractor who was held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years. Navy veteran Mark Frerichs was abducted in January 2020 after spending more than a decade in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor. President Biden called the family to share the news. The U-S agreed to a prisoner swap, releasing a notorious drug lord member of the Taliban. In a statement, the president said winning Mark’s freedom “required difficult decisions” which were not taken lightly.
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Biden says U.S. would defend Taiwan if China attacks

Mon, Sep 19, 2022 at 9:21 am
Once again, President Biden’s comments raise questions about U-S policy regarding Taiwan. When asked during an interview on “60 Minutes” whether U-S forces would defend Taiwan if it is attacked by China, the president said “yes.” It marks the fourth time he has made a similar statement regarding the island territory. Each time, White House officials rushed to clarify Mr. Biden’s statements, explaining there was no change in U-S policy. China criticized the president’s latest comment.
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White House: Ukraine has made “impressive” military gains

Sun, Sep 18, 2022 at 7:11 am

The White House says Ukraine’s military has made “impressive” gains against Russian forces. In recent days, Ukraine’s counteroffensive has reclaimed large stretches of the embattled nation and forced Russian troops to retreat. That hasn’t gone unnoticed at the White House. National Security spokesman John Kirby says the U-S will continue to support Ukraine, noting that the administration announced another 600-million dollars in military aid this past week.

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Economy remains a weak spot for Biden

Sun, Sep 18, 2022 at 7:07 am

President Biden’s handling of the economy continues to be a weakness in the eyes of the public. According to a recent AP-NORC poll, 7 out of 10 Americans say the economy is doing poorly. With the country facing stubbornly high inflation, only 38 percent of those surveyed approve of President Biden’s handling of the economy. About a quarter of Americans now say things in the country are headed in the right direction, that’s up from July. But 72 percent say things are going in the wrong direction.

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Queen’s funeral requires massive security for world leaders, royals

Sun, Sep 18, 2022 at 7:01 am
London police are staging their biggest security operation ever, as President Biden and world leaders gather for Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral. About 2-thousand guests, including the president, other heads of state and members of the royal family, will attend the funeral at Westminster Abbey. Officials also expect hundreds of thousands of people to fill London’s streets.The city’s metropolitan police department confirms that “this will be the largest single policing event” they’ve ever undertaken as they protect world leaders and monarchs.
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Former WH spks Sarah Sanders treated for thyroid cancer

Sat, Sep 17, 2022 at 7:07 am

Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is recovering after undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer. Sanders underwent the surgery on Friday to remove her thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes. In a written statement, she said the surgery was successful and, quote, “by the grace of God I am now cancer-free,” The 40-year-old Sanders, who is the Republican nominee for governor of Arkansas, said she plans to return to the campaign trail soon.

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Britain’s King Charles has met 10 U.S. presidents

Sat, Sep 17, 2022 at 7:01 am

Britain’s King Charles has a long history of meeting U.S. presidents. Over the decades, Charles has met 10 of the 14 American presidents who have held office since he was born in 1948. His first such encounter took place when, as a 10-year-old boy, he met Dwight Eisenhower. The king never met Presidents Truman, Ford, Johnson and Kennedy. In recent years, Charles has held talks with Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, and Biden.

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White House: talks “ongoing” with Russia to free 2 Americans

Fri, Sep 16, 2022 at 4:01 pm

The United States says discussions continue to win the release of two jailed Americans in Russia. John Kirby with the White House National Security Council says “discussions are ongoing,” even though Moscow has yet to respond favorably to a U-S proposal several weeks ago. Kirby says President Biden met with relatives of Britney Griner and Paul Whelan at the White House to keep them informed about the negotiations.

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