GOOD MORNING DC: American Buzz

#GoodMorningDC. The world is buzzing with news. Here's what you need to know this Tuesday morning. 

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning DC! 

The world is buzzing with news. It may sound like make-believe but it’s the real news, actually. In La Reina del Sur meets real life, jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's wife Emma Coronel was detained yesterday at the Washington Dulles International Airport. She is charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin. 

Must read: Enes Kanter, the Portland Trailblazers center and Erdogan's critic in the interview for the Pavlovic Today called on President Biden to save his country, Turkey. In an interview I conducted with him, he opened up about his relationship with the leader of the Hizmet movement, Fethullah Gülen, and explained why he is calling on President Biden to save Turkey from the odious brutality of Erdogan’s regime. 

“There's freedom of speech in America and there's freedom of the press,” Kanter said. “If you do that in Turkey, the government will come down and take down the whole media outlet, take down the whole TV station.”

Kanter's comments on Freedom of the Press are a poignant reminder of the incredible blessing we have living and working in America, where our very livelihood is protected by the Founding Fathers of this great country.  

Trump plans to challenge Biden in four years. He is meeting advisers at Mar-a-Lago to plan his next political moves. At CPAC this weekend, Trump will try to claim that he is the presumptive 2024 nominee for President and GOP leader. On FOX, longtime Trump adviser gave America a glimpse into Trump's mind: "I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I'm still in charge."

Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied Trump’s last bid to block the release of his tax returns. Trump spent years trying to prevent prosecutors from accessing his financial records. New York prosecutors will now be able to access the records, providing them with more evidence to investigate for financial crimes. There were no dissents on the ruling noted. 

Trump made a statement on the new tax investigation in New York. He called it "the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country." The former President believes that the Supreme Court should never have let this "fishing expedition" happen, but they did. “This is something which has never happened to a President before, it is all Democrat-inspired in a totally Democrat location, New York City and State, completely controlled and dominated by a heavily reported enemy of mine, Governor Andrew Cuomo," said the former president. 

In the statement, Trump went on to express his grievances. "I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!" And just like that, Trump is back at business as usual. 

Across the pond, PM Johnson announced that by June 21, 2021, all COVID restrictions could be gone in Britain. At the same time, the Prime Minister cautioned everyone that the UK can still be vulnerable to the third wave. 

Beginning on March 8, all schools at the secondary level (high schools) in the UK will re-open with the measure of necessary face masks remaining in place. Meeting one other person in a public park will be permitted. Care home residents will be able to see one visitor. The UK will transition from "stay home" rules to "stay local" rules, which allow outdoor gatherings where sports are permitted. On April 12, all shops, gyms, hairdressers, libraries, and swimming pools will be allowed to open. Restaurants and bars will be able to open for outdoor seating only. Outdoor venues (zoos, theme parks) will open too and the UK holidays will be permitted to be celebrated in a single household. On May 17,  thirty people will be able to gather outdoors. Six people of two or more households will be allowed to meet indoors. To the delight of the British pub-goers, indoor hospitality will open. Sports venues and theaters will open too but at reduced capacity. Small weddings will be permitted, and the UK will be looking at the possibility of opening up international travel. On June 21, there will be no legal limits of social contact. All hospitality will open. Large events are expected to operate at full capacity and there will be no limits to weddings or funerals.

The Office for National Statistics announced that the UK unemployment rate rose to 5.1% in the three months since December, 1.3% higher than a year ago. 

After considerable backlash, Facebook will restore news content to its users in Australia. Since last Thursday, they have blocked news to Australians in response to a law that makes Facebook and Google pay news publishers for content. The agreement gives Facebook the ability to support the publishers they choose to. The Australian government has clarified that Facebook will retain the power to decide if news appears on the site. But, Australia's law would require payment for sharing news links on Facebook.

Echo Chambers in the polarized political landscape are shaping the way Americans consume the news. According to the new report a quarter of Democrats and Republicans only get news from outlets with audiences that share their political views.

The Biden administration is determined to restore US-EU relations. Secretary of State Blinken took part in the virtual EU Foreign Affairs Council yesterday. Blinken discussed responses to COVID-19, Iran, China, and climate change with High Representative Josep Borrell and EU member state foreign ministers. Secretary welcomed the EU's decision to impose sanctions against Russia in response to actions taken against Aleksey Navalny and his supporters.

Jen Psaki said that In regards to Iran restricting access to nuclear inspectors, Secretary Blinken's announcement of expecting "strict compliance" from Iran to reenter the deal is a "reflection of our [the United States's] openness to diplomacy." She noted that the Biden administration is looking to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and thinks the best way to do that is by sitting down at a table diplomatically.

The situation in Burma is unraveling. The US is calling on Burma to cease all attacks against peaceful protestors. 

What will Biden do today?

At 9:50 AM EST, President Biden and VP Harris will receive the President's Daily Brief in the Oval Office. 

At 1:15 PM EST, the President will meet virtually with a group of Black essential workers to thank them for their critical roles during the pandemic. Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice will moderate the event. 

At 4:00 PM EST, Biden and Harris will participate in his first bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada. The President and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are expected to make statements on their bilateral meeting in the East Room. 

Biden and Trudeau will unveil a new initiative, the U.S.-Canada Partnership Roadmap. “The Roadmap is a blueprint for our whole-of-government relationship, based on our shared values and commitment to work in partnership on areas of mutual concern, such as the recovery from COVID-19 and global health security, efforts to combat climate change and shared priorities in defense and security. Through the Roadmap, we will also advance our shared vision of prosperity, diversity, equity, and justice for all our citizens,” the White House announced. 

At noon Press Secretary Jen Psaki will brief the press. 

Heads up: First Lady Jill Biden to travel to Virginia on Wednesday, February 24. She will visit the Massey Cancer Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.

And that's a wrap for this Tuesday morning, February 23. Good Morning DC will be here tomorrow to give you the latest and most relevant first. 



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