Salem Radio Network News Friday, September 17, 2021

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Greg Clugston

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

White House blames meat packers for rising prices

Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 5:22 pm

In response to a jump in prices, the Biden administration is taking aim at the nation’s large meat companies.

The White House says consumers and farmers are getting squeezed by the handful of companies that dominate the beef, pork, and poultry industry. Biden economic adviser Brian Deese says it’s a case of “pandemic profiteering.”

While the administration blames meat packers for the rising prices, Republicans fault the president’s economic policies.

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Supreme Court to resume in-person arguments in October

Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 11:02 am
The U-S Supreme Court will return to in-person arguments beginning in October. Since the spring of last year, justices heard arguments by phone, rather than in-person, because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the high court has announced a return to the marble courtroom beginning next month. Oral arguments scheduled for October, November, and December will be in-person, but the courtroom sessions will not be open to the public because of health and safety concerns. However, the public will still be able to hear the sessions live.
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Bush, Harris to attend 9/11 observance in Shanksville, PA

Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 10:08 am
Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Kamala Harris will attend a 9/11 ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, this weekend. Former President Bush will be among those speaking at the 20th annual observance of the September 11th attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial. During the ceremony, the names of the passengers and crew members from Flight 93 will be read with the ringing of the Bells of Remembrance. Vice President Harris will attend, but is not scheduled to give remarks. President Biden will visit the memorial separately, as he visits all three 9/11 crash sites on Saturday.
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Biden tours storm wreckage, says extreme weather must be confronted

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 5:28 pm
President Biden toured storm-damaged areas in New York and New Jersey, promising federal assistance.
Just a few days after surveying hurricane wreckage in Louisiana, the president went to the Northeast, which was hit by deadly flooding. He said the losses were “profound” and that the country must confront the threat from wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and other extreme weather.
 
Mr. Biden met with local officials and residents in New Jersey and New York, promising federal assistance to help people rebuild.
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White House asks Congress for billions in emergency funding

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm
The White House is asking Congress for billions in emergency funding for disaster aid and the resettlement of Afghans. President Biden is seeking at least 24-billion dollars in new money to deal with natural disasters, including Hurricane Ida, and more than 6-billion dollars for the Afghan evacuation and refugee resettlement. The White House request comes less than a month before the end of the government’s fiscal year, and as lawmakers are debating the president’s massive tax-and-spend proposals.
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Biden to campaign for California’s embattled governor

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 12:12 pm
President Biden will travel to California next week to campaign for embattled Governor Gavin Newsom. With the governor facing a recall vote next Tuesday and party leaders worried about Democratic turnout, the White House is springing into action. A spokeswoman says the president will pay a visit to California early next week in support of Newsom. Mr. Biden’s visit will come after Vice President Harris holds an event with the first-term governor in the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday.
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Biden administration exploring ways to challenge TX abortion law

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 11:45 am
The Biden administration is exploring options to challenge the new Texas law that bans most abortions.
President Biden has slammed the Texas law, calling it “almost un-American.” And White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the administration is urgently exploring how to challenge it.
 
Attorney General Merrick Garland has said that the Justice Department would “protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services.” The Texas law prohibits abortions after cardiac activity is detected in the womb.
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Biden hopes to focus on economic agenda this fall

Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 7:09 pm
After a challenging summer, President Biden hopes to return the country’s focus to his economic agenda this fall.
After dealing with chaos in Afghanistan, another COVID-19 surge, and lower-than-expected jobs numbers, the White House is eager to turn the page.
 
President Biden hopes to re-focus on infrastructure and other administration priorities. But questions and concerns about the Afghanistan withdrawal and aftermath won’t be going away anytime soon.
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Biden signs disaster declarations for NY, NJ ahead of visit

Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 6:58 pm
 
President Biden has approved major disaster declarations in parts of New York and New Jersey after last week’s devastating flooding. The remnants of Hurricane Ida caused death and destruction in several mid-Atlantic and northeastern states, killing several dozen people. And now, the president has OK’d federal aid for residents in six New Jersey counties and five New York counties. Mr. Biden signed the disaster declarations over the weekend ahead of his visit to New York and New Jersey to survey storm damage.
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Biden’s July 4 COVID optimism not realized on Labor Day

Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 10:41 am
It was a rough summer for COVID-19 and President Biden.
At a July 4th celebration on the White House South Lawn, the president declared that the U-S was “emerging from the darkness” of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
But the summer optimism quickly faded as the Delta variant took hold. Now, two months later, COVID hospitalizations and deaths are rising and some vaccinated Americans are getting infected. Later this week, the president will lay out the next steps his administration will take to deal with the pandemic.
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President Biden’s approval numbers are down

Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
President Biden’s approval numbers are down because of Afghanistan and COVID-19. After enjoying approval ratings in the 50’s during his first few months in office, the president has seen his numbers drop in recent weeks. The RealClearPolitics average of surveys shows 49 percent of Americans disapprove of Mr. Biden’s job performance, while 45 percent approve. The messy exit from Afghanistan was not received well. And a Washington Post-ABC News poll also shows the president losing support for his handling of the pandemic and the economy.
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Biden to visit all three 9/11 memorials on 20th anniversary

Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 12:05 am
President Biden will visit all three 9/11 memorial sites to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks. On Saturday’s anniversary of the attacks, the president will pay his respects to the nearly 3-thousand people killed that day with visits to ground zero in New York City, the Pentagon, and the memorial outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Flight 93 was forced down. Late last week, Mr. Biden directed the declassification of certain documents related to the 9/11 attacks in a gesture toward victims’ families who have long sought the records in hopes of implicating the Saudi government.
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Biden says he respects pro-life views, doesn’t agree with them

Sun, Sep 5, 2021 at 7:02 am

President Biden says he respects pro-life views, but doesn’t agree with them.

Discussing the new Texas abortion law, the president says he respects Americans who don’t support the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Mr. Biden firmly opposes the Texas law that prohibits abortions after cardiac activity is detected in the womb. He also says allowing citizens to enforce the law is “almost un-American.”

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Secretaries Austin, Blinken to thank U.S. allies for Afghan help

Sun, Sep 5, 2021 at 6:59 am
Two key Cabinet secretaries are traveling overseas this weekend to thank allies for their assistance in the Afghanistan evacuations. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Persian Gulf allies to thank them for their cooperation in the evacuations from Afghanistan. A Pentagon spokesman says he will make stops in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. He also will visit with U-S service members. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Qatar and Germany to visit American diplomats and troops, along with Afghans who were evacuated.
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State Dept in contact with Americans seeking to leave Afghanistan

Sat, Sep 4, 2021 at 7:04 am
The State Department is in contact with more than 100 Americans that have asked for help to leave Afghanistan.
The Americans were not evacuated before the U-S military withdrew from Afghanistan. But Secretary of State Blinken says the administration is in “very direct, active contact” with the Americans.
 
He also says the U-S is engaged with international partners in an effort to reopen Kabul’s main airport.
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U.S. has no plans to release billions in Afghan assets to Taliban

Sat, Sep 4, 2021 at 7:02 am

The United States has no immediate plans to release billions of dollars in Afghan assets after the Taliban’s takeover. The U-S will provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan following the military withdrawal, but the Treasury Department is not easing sanctions on the Taliban or loosening restrictions on their access to the global financial system. After the Taliban takeover, the Biden administration froze billions of Afghan gold, investments, and foreign currency reserves which are parked in the U-S. Financial experts say any unfreezing of these assets may be months away.

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Biden visits hurricane-damaged Louisiana, pledges assistance

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 4:30 pm
President Biden is pledging ongoing support to the people uprooted by Hurricane Ida.
During a visit to Louisiana less than a week after Ida unleashed damaging wind and rain, the president got an up-close look at the destruction and offered assistance from the federal government.
 
He said FEMA would be distributing checks and he thanked the thousands of utility crews who traveled to the Gulf Coast from more than 30 states to help restore power.
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Biden orders declassification of 9/11 attacks documents

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 3:38 pm
President Biden is directing the FBI to declassify documents related to the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The president’s executive order comes a week before the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. For years, there’s been a struggle between the government and the victims’ families over what classified information could be made public.
Many 9/11 families have long sought the records in hopes of implicating the Saudi government. The executive order requires the attorney general to release the declassified documents publicly over the next six months.
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Biden calls new Texas abortion law “almost un-American”

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 12:48 pm

President Biden says aspects of the new Texas abortion law are “almost un-American.”

The president went out of his way to say he respects the views of pro-life Americans. But he’s appalled that citizens can enforce the Texas abortion law.
The law gives citizens the right to file civil suits and collect damages against anyone aiding an abortion.
He said the Justice Department is looking at possibilities to “limit the independent action of individuals in enforcing a state law.”
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Biden says Delta variant slowed job growth in August

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 11:29 am
President Biden says a surge in COVID cases slowed job growth in August.
The president tried to put a positive spin on the August jobs numbers, declaring that the economic recovery is “durable and strong.” But he also expressed disappointment.
 
Even though the unemployment rate fell to 5-point-2 percent, last month’s job gains fell far short of the advances in June and July.
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CDC: unvaccinated should not travel over Labor Day weekend

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 9:21 am
Federal health officials have some COVID advice for Americans this Labor Day weekend.
 
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says Americans who haven’t gotten a COVID shot should stay home over the long holiday weekend.
 
She says those who are fully vaccinated and are wearing masks can travel. However, Walensky cautions that given the rise in cases because of the highly transmissible Delta variant, people should take those risks into consideration before traveling.
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President Biden to visit hurricane-struck Louisiana

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 8:48 am

Hurricane-struck Louisiana will get a visit from President Biden.

Days after Hurricane Ida slammed Louisiana and left a million people without power, the president will visit the state to get a first-hand look at the destruction.

He will take an aerial tour of damaged areas as well as visit a flooded neighborhood. Mr. Biden says his message to everyone affected is “The nation is here to help.”

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Biden vows tough anti-terrorism strategy post-Afghanistan

Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 7:04 am
With U-S forces out of Afghanistan, President Biden is vowing to remain vigilant against terrorism.
The president believes exiting Afghanistan was long overdue and he promises to pursue modern threats with a… “tough, unforgiving, targeted, precise strategy” that goes after terrorism
 
Mr. Biden also has a message for the ISIS-K terrorists accused of killing 13 U-S service members in Kabul last week: “we are not done with you yet.”
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Biden to meet with Ukraine president, offer new military aid

Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 7:01 am
President Biden meets with Ukraine’s president at the White House. Ahead of this afternoon’s White House visit by President Zelensky, the United States is promising up to 60-million dollars in military aid to Ukraine. The Biden administration says it’s necessary because of a “major increase in Russian military activity along its border” and other provocations. The White House also says Mr. Biden intends to encourage Zelensky’s efforts to tackle corruption in the country.
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