Salem Radio Network News Monday, December 6, 2021


Greg Clugston

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

President Biden’s job approval drops to a new low

Thu, Oct 7, 2021 at 10:14 am
President Biden’s job approval numbers have hit a new low. According to a new Quinnipiac University national poll, only 38 percent approve of President Biden’s job performance. It’s his lowest score since taking office. The president receives negative scores across the board — from the pandemic and economy to taxes and immigration. Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy says the president “is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating continues its downward slide.”
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Biden, China’s Xi to hold virtual meeting this year

Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 5:47 pm
President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual meeting before year’s end. Details are still being worked out, but an agreement in principle for the talks has been reached after White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with China’s top diplomat. With tensions rising between the global powers, President Biden told Xi in a call last month that he would like for the two of them to meet. The White House has said it wants competition with China, not conflict.
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State Department discloses number of nukes in U.S. stockpile

Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 11:45 am
The State Department has disclosed the number of nuclear weapons in the U-S stockpile. Revealing the stockpile number is a reversal of Trump administration policy. The State Department said doing this will aid global efforts to control the spread of such weapons. The number of U.S. weapons, including those in active status as well as those in long-term storage, stood at 3-thousand 750 as of last month. That’s down slightly from a year earlier. As recently as 2003, America’s nuclear weapon total surpassed 10-thousand.

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Education Dept relaxes rules for student loan forgiveness program

Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 11:21 am
The federal government is temporarily relaxing the rules for a student loan forgiveness program. The Education Department announced it will drop some of the toughest requirements around the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. That program has come under fire because it rejected more than 90 percent of applicants. Under new, temporary rules, thousands of teachers, social workers, military members and other public servants will be eligible for student loan forgiveness if they have made 10 years of payments.
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Biden will sign social spending bill with or without pro-life measure

Tue, Oct 5, 2021 at 7:52 pm
President Biden says a pro-life measure will not stop him from signing his large tax and spend plan. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is insisting that the president’s multi-trillion dollar economic bill must include the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal money from being used for most abortions. That runs counter to liberal Democrats who removed the pro-life measure from the House package. President Biden opposes the Hyde Amendment, but tells reporters that he wants to get the bill passed, so he would “sign it either way” — either with or without the amendment.
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Biden has “confidence” in Fed chair, undecided on future

Tue, Oct 5, 2021 at 6:15 pm
President Biden has confidence in the Fed chairman, but no decision on his renomination. The president will soon face a decision whether or not to re-nominate Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to another four-year term. Mr. Biden told reporters he has “confidence” in Powell, but acknowledged the central bank chief has critics. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren wants Powell gone, claiming he’s a threat to the economy. Powell generally receives high marks from economists and Wall Street for his actions in steering the economy through the pandemic recession.
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Biden aide to meet China’s top diplomat

Tue, Oct 5, 2021 at 4:52 pm
President Biden’s national security adviser will hold talks with China’s top diplomat this week At a time of heightened tensions between the world’s two largest economies, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will meet with China’s top diplomat in Zurich, Switzerland. The White House said the talks will follow through on a pledge by both President Biden and Chinese President Xi to boost communication. It will be Sullivan’s first face-to-face meeting with Yang since acrimonious exchanges between the two in Alaska in March.
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Biden touts spending plan in Michigan as Dems still differ

Tue, Oct 5, 2021 at 4:40 pm
President Biden traveled to the Midwest to make a case for his economic agenda, which is bogged down by Democratic division.
The president escaped the gridlock of his own party with a visit to Howell, Michigan, in a county won by Donald Trump in 2020. He said there’s a lot of “noise” coming out of Washington over his legislative proposals.
There’s bipartisan support for an infrastructure bill, but Republicans –and some Democrats– oppose the president’s social spending plan.
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NIH Director Francis Collins to step down by year’s end

Tue, Oct 5, 2021 at 11:06 am
The director of the National Institutes of Health is stepping down by the end of the year. Dr. Francis Collins has worked at NIH for three decades, serving as director for the past 12 years. He wrote on Twitter “it’s been a privilege & honor to serve,” but he believes “no person should hold this position for too long.” President Biden issued a statement hailing Collins as “one of the most important scientists of our time.” In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded Collins, who is an outspoken Christian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for overseeing the international project to map the human genome.
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Biden to push his agenda to the public with Dems in disagreement

Tue, Oct 5, 2021 at 10:14 am
President Biden travels to the Midwest to promote his agenda, even as he struggles to win over Democrats in Congress. With infrastructure and social spending bills bogged down by bickering Democrats, the president will try and sell his proposals to the American people. He visits the town of Howell, Michigan, this afternoon. His aides say the president has been eager to shift the conversation away from the whopping price tag of the legislation to what he believes are the benefits.
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Biden reverses Trump-era ban on abortion referrals

Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 11:27 pm
The Biden administration has reversed a ban on abortion referrals. Under former President Trump, clinics were barred from referring patients for abortions, prompting a mass exit by service providers affiliated with Planned Parenthood. But the Department of Health and Human Services has announced a new policy that will allow federally-funded health clinics to refer patients to abortion providers. The National Right to Life Committee criticized the Biden administration for “supplementing the abortion industry through taxpayer funds.”
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U.S. concerned about China’s aggressive actions against Taiwan

Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 7:34 pm
The United States is expressing concern over China’s aggressive actions against Taiwan.
Over the past few days, China has sent dozens of fighter planes toward Taiwan in a show of force against the self-ruled island. At the White House, spokeswoman Jen Psaki described the military activity as “provocative.”
The U-S says China’s actions are undermining regional peace and stability.
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Biden, Manchin on collision course over pro-life amendment

Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 4:03 pm
The White House is tight-lipped about one Democratic senator’s demand that the president’s agenda include a pro-life provision.
The huge social spending bill being pushed by President Biden and House Democrats does not include the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of abortion. White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s demand that the provision be included.
Last week, Manchin told National Review that if the House bill does not include the Hyde Amendment, it’s “dead on arrival.”
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Biden downplays harassment of two Senate Democrats

Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 3:44 pm
President Biden is downplaying the public harassment of two Senate Democrats who are blocking his agenda.
Over the weekend, activists disrupted a lecture Senator Kyrsten Sinema was giving at Arizona State University and followed her into a bathroom. Protesters also showed up at Senator Joe Manchin’s home in Washington, D-C. President Biden was asked about the confrontations.
Both senators have said they won’t back a 3-and-a-half trillion dollar spending bill.
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Biden, Dems to reduce size of $3.5 trillion social spending bill

Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 1:02 pm
President Biden and fellow Democrats are working to reduce the size of his 3-and-a-half trillion dollar legislative proposal.
After he was unable to close the deal with congressional Democrats on his legislative agenda last week, the president argues that he’s close.
The two Senate Democrats not on board yet are Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. The president also acknowledges that his 3-and-a-half trillion dollar proposal will be scaled back.
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Biden presses for lifting debt limit, warns of econ consequences

Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 12:29 pm
President Biden is warning of economic consequences if Congress allows a debt default.
The president opened the week by making the case for raising the debt limit
He reminded Americans that lifting the debt ceiling is to pay for old debt, not new spending. And he urged Republicans not to stand in the way.
Approaching a mid-October deadline, Mr. Biden warned that a “meteor is headed to crash into our economy.”
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New Supreme Court term to hear abortion, guns, religion cases

Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 11:31 am

Abortion, guns and religion top the Supreme Court’s new term. White House correspondent Greg Clugston reports.


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Biden admin argues against Texas abortion law, pro-lifers look to Supreme Court

Sun, Oct 3, 2021 at 11:45 am

The Biden administration is pushing back against the Texas abortion law, while pro-lifers are looking to the Supreme Court


A federal judge is deciding whether to block the Texas law, which bans most abortions. Late last week, the Biden administration urged U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman to side with the federal government in opposing the law. Pitman did not say when he will rule. Meanwhile, the Texas law is just one that has set up the biggest test of abortion rights in the U-S, as the conservative Supreme Court will hear arguments in Mississippi’s pro-life law in December. GC, Wash.


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Justice Kavanaugh won’t be in the courtroom when the Supreme Court’s new term begins

Sun, Oct 3, 2021 at 11:43 am

Justice Brett Kavanaugh won’t be in the courtroom when the Supreme Court’s new term begins Monday


That’s because Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19. The high court says Kavanaugh is fully vaccinated and has no symptoms. His wife and daughters tested negative. But he will participate remotely from his home this week during oral arguments. Justices are returning to in-person courtroom arguments for the first time after an 18-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. GC, Wash.


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Biden frustrated over Democrats’ failure to agree on his agenda

Sat, Oct 2, 2021 at 1:58 pm

Democrats have failed to bridge their differences over President Biden’s legislative agenda.

The White House and congressional Democrats have conducted several days of frantic negotiations on the president’s massive tax and spend plan, but there’s still no deal. Is the president frustrated?

When it comes to his agenda, the president said he’s going to work like crazy.

Republicans oppose the most of the president’s priorities, while there’s dissension in the Democratic ranks.

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Three more U.S.-based airlines will required COVID shots for employees

Sat, Oct 2, 2021 at 1:51 pm

Three more U-S-based airlines will require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue are joining United Airlines in compliance with the Biden administration’s vaccination mandate. The airline companies say qualify as government contractors because they provide special flights, cargo hauling and other services for the government. The president has ordered federal contractors to require employees get COVID-19 shots. Southwest Airlines is under pressure from its pilots not to require vaccinations but to instead offer options, including testing.

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Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID-19

Fri, Oct 1, 2021 at 10:20 am
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19. The high court issued a press release saying that Kavanaugh has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since January. Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters are also fully vaccinated, and they tested negative. The court’s new term begins on Monday and the justices are returning to the courtroom to hear arguments after an 18-month absence because of the coronavirus pandemic. They had been hearing arguments via telephone.
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Dems struggle to reach overhaul deal, postpone promised vote

Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 11:48 pm

Democrats are still struggling to reach a deal on President Biden’s 3-and-a-half trillion dollar government overhaul. Unable to bridge differences within their party, Democratic congressional leaders canceled a promised Thursday night vote. Liberals refused to support an infrastructure bill without more progress on the larger Biden economic plan.  A White House spokeswoman claimed “a great deal of progress has been made this week, ” but said they’re “not there yet” and need “some additional time.”

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Biden signs short-term funding bill, averts government shutdown

Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 10:15 pm
President Biden signed a temporary funding bill to keep the federal government open. Just a few hours before the start of a partial federal shutdown, the president signed legislation to keep the government funded through December 3rd. A large majority of Senate and House Republicans voted against it. The move gives lawmakers more time to pass spending measures that will fund federal agencies. Not only will the government remain open, there’s new funding for disaster relief and the resettlement of Afghan allies.
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