Salem Radio Network News Saturday, August 13, 2022

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Greg Clugston

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

Analysts: Inflation Reduction Act not likely to curb inflation

Sat, Aug 13, 2022 at 7:01 am
The jury is out on whether the Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress and sent to President Biden will actually reduce inflation. The bill could lower the cost of certain prescription drugs for the elderly and  reduce energy prices. But with inflation raging near its highest level in four decades, the legislation won’t directly address some of the main drivers of surging prices — from gas and food to rents and restaurant meals.  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that the changes would have a “negligible” impact on inflation this year and next.
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FBI seized “top secret” documents from Trump’s Florida home

Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 4:33 pm

The FBI recovered documents that were labeled “top secret” from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. According to court papers, FBI agents took 11 sets of classified records from Trump’s estate during a search on Monday. The seized records include some that were marked as classified and top secret. In a statement, the former president claimed that the documents taken by agents were “all declassified,” and argued that he would have turned over the documents to the Justice Department if asked. The court papers were released after a federal judge unsealed the search warrant.

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Justice Dept. seeks to unseal search warrant of Trump home

Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 4:14 pm
The Justice Department has asked a court to unseal the search warrant for the FBI search of Donald Trump’s home. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department filed a motion to unseal the court-authorized search warrant because of the “substantial public interest in this matter.” At a hastily scheduled news conference, Garland also said that he personally approved the search warrant. The actions were part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the handling of classified White House records.
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CDC drops quarantine, screening recommendations for COVID-19

Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 4:10 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines. The CDC announced that it’s dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person. The nation’s top public health agency also said that people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others. Masks continue to be recommended only in areas with high transmission rates. Officials say the changes are driven by a recognition that an estimated 95 percent of Americans 16 and older have acquired some level of immunity, either from being vaccinated or infected.
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White House encouraged by recent economic data

Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 11:57 am

The White House is encouraged by some recent economic numbers. One of the president’s chief economic advisers is putting a spotlight on new economic data. Cecilia Rouse points to no change in inflation from June to July, lower producer prices, and the average national price for a gallon of gasoline dropping below 4-dollars. She says while these numbers are “encouraging, we have more work to do to bring inflation down.” As President Biden noted this week, the American people are still “hurting.”

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Biden kicks off South Carolina family vacation

Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 10:27 pm
President Biden is in South Carolina for a summer vacation with his family. The president arrived on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island for several days of rest and relaxation. It’s an oceanfront destination where his family has vacationed over the years. Presidents in the past have held news conferences prior to leaving on their traditional August vacations, but Mr. Biden did not speak to the press before leaving the White House.
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Biden touts July inflation number while overall prices remain high

Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 11:52 am
President Biden is touting progress in the fight against inflation. Consumer prices were unchanged from June to July, however they’re up 8-and-a-half percent in July compared with a year earlier. The president called it “good news” as he emphasized the monthly number. Prices are spiking across a wide range of goods and services, leaving most Americans worse off and the president acknowledged that many people are still hurting.
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Biden signs “burn pits” bill to aid veterans’ health

Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 11:50 am
President Biden has signed bipartisan legislation focused on veterans’ health. The PACT Act ends a long battle to expand benefits for troops who served near toxic “burn pits.” Those pits were used in Iraq and Afghanistan to dispose of chemicals, cans, plastics, medical equipment, and human waste. The new law will help veterans get disability payments and will expand other health care services.
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Trump says he took the Fifth in NY civil investigation

Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 11:24 am
Former President Trump invoked the Fifth Amendment under oath  in a New York civil case. During an appearance at the state Attorney General’s office in New York, the president wouldn’t answer questions in the long-running investigation into his business dealings. Later, in a written statement, Trump said he used to ask why innocent people took the Fifth. He said now he knows the answer. The former president said he had “no choice” because his family and company are the targets of an “unfounded politically motivated witch hunt.” He faces allegations that he and his organization misled lenders and tax authorities.
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Biden to sign health bill for vets exposed to toxic burn pits

Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 7:03 am
For the second day in a row, President Biden is signing bipartisan legislation. It’s called the PACT Act and it will enhance health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The president describes the legislation as “significant” and says he’s looking forward to signing it into law so veterans exposed to burn pits “finally get the benefits and comprehensive health care they earned and deserve.
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White House: Biden not given heads-up on Trump FBI search

Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 5:03 pm

The White House says President Biden had no prior knowledge of the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s home. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says the president learned of the FBI search through public reports. She stressed the independence of the Justice Department and refused to comment on the investigation or the search.

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After Biden coughing fit, White House says it’s not COVID

Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 4:45 pm

The White House says President Biden continues to suffer from the lingering effects of COVID-19. During a Tuesday speech, the president coughed repeatedly. The White House says Mr. Biden has tested negative for COVID every day since Saturday. Spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre says the president experiences occasional coughs independent of COVID. The 79-year-old president recently suffered his second bout of COVID-19, and was isolated for over two weeks.

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Biden formalizes US support for Finland, Sweden joining NATO

Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 4:07 pm
President Biden formally welcomed Finland and Sweden joining the NATO alliance. With the stroke of the president’s pen, the U.S. became the 23rd ally to approve NATO membership for the two countries. Mr. Biden described the alliance as “indispensable.” Earlier this year, Finland and Sweden sought out NATO membership to guarantee their security in the wake of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine.
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Biden signs bill to boost computer chips production in U.S.

Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 11:28 am
President Biden has signed a bipartisan bill to boost the semiconductor industry. In a South Lawn signing ceremony, the president touted the 280-billion dollar package. He said the new law would create more high-tech jobs in the U-S, deal with the computer chip shortage, and help the country better compete with China. Republicans who supported the bill said it was important for national security.
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Biden to sign bill boosting semiconductor industry

Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 7:03 am
President Biden is set to sign a bill to boost the semiconductor industry. The president sees the 280-billion dollar package as a way to create more high-tech jobs in the U-S, deal with the computer chip shortage, and better compete with China and other international rivals. Congressional passage of the bill is a major policy victory for the White House. Some Republicans argued against it, but others in the GOP viewed passing the legislation as important for national security.
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Biden views KY flood damage, offers fed assistance

Mon, Aug 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm

President Biden is pledging continued federal support to Kentucky residents affected by historic flooding. After witnessing first hand the damage from deadly and devastating storms that caused severe flooding in eastern Kentucky, the president offered a helping hand — in the form of increased federal assistance to the state to help its recovery. He and the first lady met with families and first responders during a day trip to Kentucky, where more than three dozen people have died following recent storms and flooding.

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U.S. sends $1 billion in new military aid to Ukraine

Mon, Aug 8, 2022 at 1:57 pm

The United States is sending another one-billion dollars in new military aid for Ukraine. The latest round of assistance amounts to the biggest delivery of rockets, ammunition and other arms so far. The new shipment is going straight from Department of Defense stocks to Ukrainian forces. The U.S. pledge of support comes as analysts warned that Russia was moving troops and equipment in the direction of the southern port cities to stave off a Ukrainian counteroffensive. GC, Wash.

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Biden concerned about China’s movements around Taiwan

Mon, Aug 8, 2022 at 11:24 am

The White House is concerned about China’s ongoing military exercises surrounding Taiwan. President Biden was asked about China, following Beijing’s announcement of continued military drills in the seas and airspace around Taiwan. Nevertheless, the White House says “the United States is prepared for what Beijing” might do. The Chinese have conducted threatening military exercises since last week’s visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Pelosi.

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Biden travels to Kentucky to survey historic flood damage

Mon, Aug 8, 2022 at 8:24 am
President Biden is traveling to Kentucky to survey flood damage. Recent storms created the worst flooding in Kentucky’s history, causing severe damage and costing at least three dozen lives. The president will receive a midday briefing on the ongoing response. Later, he will view damage and visit families affected by the flooding.
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Biden emerges from COVID isolation a second time

Mon, Aug 8, 2022 at 7:01 am
President Biden is out of isolation following a second bout of COVID-19. The president tested negative on consecutive days over the weekend, according to his doctor. And that cleared the way for him to emerge from isolation. A rebound case of the virus kept Mr. Biden confined to the White House residence longer than expected. Stepping outside on Sunday, he told reporters he’s “feeling good.”
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Biden signs executive order to protect travel for abortion

Wed, Aug 3, 2022 at 4:01 pm
President Biden is doubling down in his fight against abortion restrictions.The president signed an executive order aimed at making it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure. It also calls on health providers to comply with federal nondiscrimination laws. The executive action falls short of what many abortion advocates have demanded of Mr. Biden since the overturning of Roe vs. Wade.
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Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan angers China

Tue, Aug 2, 2022 at 2:56 pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late Tuesday, which further angered the Chinese government. When she touched down in Taipei, Pelosi became the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled island, which is claimed by China. She issued a statement saying the visit “honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.” But her visit has ratcheted up tension between Beijing and Washington. After her arrival, China announced that it would conduct military maneuvers in retaliation.

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Justice Department sues Idaho over its abortion law

Tue, Aug 2, 2022 at 2:21 pm

Idaho is being sued by the Justice Department over its abortion law. Attorney General Merrick Garland argues that Idaho’s law conflicts with federal law. He says pregnant women in emergency situations must receive medical treatment, including abortion if necessary. The lawsuit is the first major action by the Justice Department challenging a state trigger law since Roe v. Wade was overturned. Idaho, like many Republican-led states, has several pro-life laws on the books.

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Biden: “justice…delivered” in killing of al-Qaida leader

Mon, Aug 1, 2022 at 8:38 pm
al-Qaida’s leader has been killed in a U-S drone strike in Afghanistan. President Biden confirmed the death of Ayman al-Zawahri, who lead the militarnt al-Qaida group in the 11 years since Osama bin Laden was killed. That “trail of violence and murder” included the September 11th terror attacks. Addressing the nation, the president declared that “justice has been delivered.”
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