Salem Radio Network News Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Greg Clugston

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

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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Justice Dept. sues Texas over new abortion law

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 4:22 pm
The Justice Department is suing Texas over a new state law that bans most abortions.
Announcing the federal suit, Attorney General Garland said the Texas abortion law was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution.”
The Justice Department argues the law violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which says federal law supersedes state law. The Texas action rohibits abortions once cardiac activity is detected — usually around six weeks.
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White House withdraws Biden’s nominee for ATF

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 3:30 pm
The White House is withdrawing its nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. David Chipman is a former federal agent, but his gun-control advocacy drew opposition on Capitol Hill. Unable to secure the necessary votes for Senate confirmation, the White House is withdrawing the nomination. In a written statement, President Biden blamed Republicans for blocking Chipman, but there was bipartisan opposition and, ultimately, not enough votes in the 50-50 divided Senate.
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Trump endorses GOP challenger to face Wyoming’s Cheney

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 12:01 pm

Former President Trump has endorsed a GOP primary challenger to face Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney. In a move to punish Cheney, who is one of his most vocal critics, Trump is backing Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman. His endorsement describes Cheney as a “warmonger and disloyal Republican,” and praises Hageman as a candidate who is “strong” on crime, borders, and gun rights, and who “will fight for election integrity.” The former president has already endorsed a number of Republicans challenging GOP incumbents who voted in favor of impeaching him in January.

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White House to remove 18 Trump appointees from military boards

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 10:07 am
The White House is removing 18 appointees named to U-S military boards by Donald Trump.
The Biden administration is asking some high-profile Trump administration officials to step down from boards of visitors for the Air Force Academy, Military Academy and Naval Academy. White House press secretary Jen Psaki explains.
 
Trump appointees include Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer, both of whom indicated they would not resign.
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Biden to announce updated plan to fight coronavirus

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 7:02 am

President Biden will announce an updated plan to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In response to surging COVID cases and hospitalizations, the president will lay out an updated effort to increase vaccinations and stop the spread of the virus.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki says progress has been made, but the pandemic is not over.

She says the president’s six steps will build on previous actions taken by the administration.

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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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