Salem Radio Network News Monday, October 18, 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 to ease COVID-19 foreign travel restrictions

Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 11:34 am

The United States will soon ease COVID-19 travel restrictions. Beginning in November, all foreign nationals flying into the country will need to be fully vaccinated. The White House says travelers coming here will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of flight. President Biden will also tighten testing rules for unvaccinated American citizens, who will need to be tested within a day before departure to the U-S, as well as on their return.

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Big week of foreign policy for President Biden

Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 11:33 am

It’s a big week of foreign policy for President Biden, who addresses the United Nations General Assembly this week. In addition to the U-N speech, the president will hold a virtual COVID-19 summit on Wednesday and meet with Pacific allies on Friday. The meetings with world leaders come following a much-criticized U-S military withdrawal from Afghanistan and a new diplomatic crisis with France, which recalled its ambassador from Washington after the president announced a new security alliance with Britain and Australia.

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Biden faces major diplomatic crisis with France

Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 11:29 am

The Biden administration is facing a major diplomatic crisis with France. Last week’s announcement of a new security partnership involving Australia, Britain, and the U-S angered the French government. So much, in fact, that France recalled its ambassadors from Australia and Washington. The White House says France “is our oldest ally and one of our strongest partners” and will try to resolve the differences. French officials say President Macron will speak in the coming days with President Biden.

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White House warns states on debt limit consequences

Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 11:24 am

The White House is warning that the debt limit showdown could hurt state budgets. President Biden and his aides are sounding the alarm about would could happen if Congress fails to raise the U-S debt limit by early next month. According to a fact sheet for state and local officials, the White House warns about severe cuts to disaster relief, Medicaid, infrastructure grants, school funding and other programs. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is resisting calls for a bipartisan vote to raise the ceiling for debt that’s already been accrued.

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Gen. Milley says calls to Chinese counterpart were “routine”

Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 11:23 am

Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley is defending calls to his Chinese counterpart in the final months of the Trump administration. The top U-S military officer says those phone calls were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job. In his first public comments on those conversations, Milley tells the AP that such calls are “routine.” However, critics accuse Milley of overstepping his authority. A new book reported the Joint Chiefs chairman made two calls to a Chinese general to assure him the United States wasn’t going to suddenly go to war with or attack China.

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White House: Biden’s coughing is not a medical concern

Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 3:55 pm
The White House says President Biden’s noticeable coughing fits are of “no concern.”
In recent public appearances, the president has repeatedly coughed and cleared his throat, including during Thursday remarks on his agenda at the White House.
But spokeswoman Jen Psaki says there’s no need for worry and that the president receives excellent medical care.
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Biden’s tax and spend plan divides Democrats

Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 2:55 pm
President Biden is pushing his tax and spend plan, while Democrats squabble over the price tag.
The president is making a case for raising taxes on the wealthy, arguing it’s the right thing to do.
 
He delivered his White House speech as Democrats appear sharply divided on the scope of the president’s budget plan. Many moderates oppose spending 3-point-five trillion dollars, while the party’s liberal wing pushes for a greater expansion of government. Republicans do not support the bill.
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Biden’s approval numbers drop into negative territory

Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 1:56 pm
President Biden’s job approval has dropped into negative territory for the first time since taking office.
The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows that 50 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the president is handling his job — versus 42 percent who approve. Mr. Biden’s numbers on his response to the coronavirus are mixed, but he gets negative scores on foreign policy and the economy. Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy concludes: “If there ever was a honeymoon for President Biden, it is clearly over.”
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China denounces new US-UK-Australia security alliance

Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 11:23 am

China is furious over the new security alliance announced by the United States, Britain, and Australia. The Chinese foreign ministry denounced a new Indo-Pacific partnership that will provide Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines. Neither President Biden nor the Australian and British prime ministers mentioned China in this week’s announcement. But it’s clear that the U-S and its allies are looking for ways to push back against China’s growing power and influence, including its military buildup.

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US, UK, Australia form new security alliance

Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 5:37 pm

The United States is joining a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with Britain and Australia.

In a joint announcement, President Biden said the new partnership, known as AUKUS, will allow for greater sharing of defense capabilities.

The president was joined virtually by the prime ministers of Australia and Britain — and the new security alliance is being viewed as a deterrent against China in the region.

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Pope weighs in on communion debate involving Biden, abortion

Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 3:49 pm
Pope Francis weighs in on the question of whether President Biden should receive communion.
The pope was asked about the ongoing debate among U-S Catholic bishops about whether President Biden and other politicians should be denied communion because of their abortion-rights stance. Francis made clear that the church believes abortion is murder. But he warned that clerics shouldn’t let politics enter into questions about receiving communion. In the past, the White House has emphasized that the president’s religious faith is personal and has avoided commenting on Catholic Church doctrine.
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Biden: “great confidence” in Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Milley

Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 2:52 pm

President Biden says he has “great confidence” in Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley following a book’s claim about Milley’s actions during the final months of the Trump administration.

According to a forthcoming book by two Washington Post journalists, General Milley called his Chinese counterpart twice in the final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency to assure him that the two nations would not suddenly go to war. The reported account has prompted calls for Milley to step down or be fired, but President Biden is voicing support.

A spokesman for Milley says the conversations were in keeping with his duties as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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White House supports leadership of top U.S. military officer

Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 2:49 pm

The White House is expressing confidence in his top U-S military officer after reports of two calls he made to his Chinese counterpart.

The soon-to-be published book “Peril” says General Mark Milley assured China that the U-S would not attack during Donald Trump’s final weeks in office. President Biden says he has “great confidence” in Milley, echoing the comments of press secretary Jen Psaki.

Milley defends the phone calls as an effort to avoid misunderstandings and conflict.

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Three former U.S. presidents unite to support Afghan refugees

Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 11:03 pm

Three former U-S presidents are joining forces to support refugees from Afghanistan. Republican George W. Bush and Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, along with their wives, will serve in a new group that’s helping Afghans settle in the United States. It’s called Welcome-dot-U-S and is a coalition of advocacy groups, U-S businesses, and other leaders. The website will allow Americans to donate, host a refugee family, or find other ways to help. In a statement, the Bushes said “thousands of Afghans stood with us…and now they need our help.”

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U.S. withholds some military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns

Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 10:35 pm

The Biden administration is withholding 130-million dollars in aid to Egypt over human rights concerns. Even though the administration is holding back millions, it’s still releasing nearly 200-million dollars in military aid to Egypt. The move was quickly criticized by rights groups and some lawmakers. The State Department says the U-S has “serious concerns about human rights in Egypt.” However, Secretary of State Blinken is allowing some of the assistance to go through in order to preserve security engagement in the Mideast.

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In western swing, Biden surveys wildfire damage

Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 8:03 pm
President Biden has been surveying wildfire damage in the western U-S.
On his first trip to western states since taking office, the president made stops in Idaho and California to receive updates on the battle against wildfires. He said more than 5-million acres nationwide have burned this year.
 
The president praised the courage of firefighters and used the fires as an argument for his infrastructure and economic rebuilding plans.
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In western trip, Biden to see wildfire damage, boost California governor

Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 7:02 am
President Biden makes a two-day trip to the western U-S beginning that will focus on both policy and politics. He will stop in Boise, Idaho, to visit the National Interagency Fire Center and then head to Sacramento, California, to survey wildfire damage. Later, in Long Beach, Mr. Biden will attend an event with Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, who faces a recall election. The president also will visit Denver on Tuesday to promote his economic agenda.
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Biden to wade into California governor’s recall election

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 7:01 am
President Biden is the latest high-profile Democrat to wade into the California governor’s recall election. The president will be making an 11th-hour campaign appearance to boost Governor Gavin Newsom before the recall voting ends on Tuesday. He’s the last of a string of prominent Democrats who have traveled to California on behalf of the embattled governor. Last week, Vice President Harris campaigned alongside Newsom. The president’s trip underscores the importance of his party maintaining the governorship in the nation’s most populous state.
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America marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks

Sat, Sep 11, 2021 at 6:28 pm

Memorial services have been held to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks.

At Ground Zero in New York, a ceremony attended by President Biden, along with former Presidents Clinton and Obama, included the reading of victims’ names.

At the Pentagon, military leaders gathered to pay their respects.

And in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, former President Bush was among those participating in a ceremony at the Flight 93 memorial.

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Biden recalls unity and resilience on 9/11 anniversary

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 7:45 pm
President Biden says “unity and resilience” were on display after America came under attack on September 11th.
In a video message commemorating the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks, the president honored the 9/11 victims and spoke directly to their loved ones.
He also praised the heroic work of first responders. And he said Americans learned that national unity “is the one thing that must never break.”
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Biden to visit all three 9/11 memorials on 20th anniversary

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 5:02 pm
President Biden will commemorate Saturday’s 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks with visits to each crash site memorial.
The president’s first stop will be New York City, where the twin towers of the World Trade Center were toppled. Then, a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. And finally, the Pentagon just across the river from Washington, DC.
Spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the president will listen to the reading of victims’ names and lay a wreath at each memorial.
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Measles halts Afghan evacuee flights bound for the U.S.

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 4:10 pm
All U-S-bound flights of Afghan evacuees have been halted for health safety concerns.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the incoming evacuee flights have been “temporarily paused” because of four diagnosed cases of measles among arriving Afghans.
 
Psaki notes that all arriving Afghans are currently required to be vaccinated for measles as a condition of entry into the United States.
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Biden “disappointed” in GOP governors who block mask, vaccine mandates

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 11:20 am

President Biden says he’s “disappointed” in GOP governors who are blocking mask and vaccine mandates.

The president took his new COVID-19 message to a Washington, DC middle school, where he said if schools implement masking, vaccinations, and testing…

Asked about Republican efforts to fight his vaccine mandates, he said he was “disappointed” in GOP governors who, he said, have been “so cavalier with the health of their communities.”

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Biden announces wide-reaching COVID vaccine requirements

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 6:15 pm

President Biden has announced new wide-reaching vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans.

Rolling out a new strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the president didn’t hide his frustration with the 80-million eligible Americans who have not been vaccinated.

In addition to mandating vaccines for federal workers and contractors, the president’s plan will require businesses with 100 or more employees to have their workers vaccinated or tested every week.

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