GOOD MORNING DC: American Democracy Is Strong

#GoodMorningDC. A new center-right party may be the only option to defeat Trumpism.

Good Morning DC.

President Biden came back to the White House yesterday afternoon from Camp David. On Air Force One, POTUS and FLOTUS stopped in the plane's vestibule upon boarding and then looked at cabins in each direction, taking in the scene.

Yesterday, there was a phone call between VP Harris and French President, Emmanuel Macron. They talked about multilateral cooperation to address COVID-19, climate change, and support democracy at home and worldwide. Harris thanked President Macron "for his leadership on the issue of gender equality and France's contribution to NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover."

Pelosi called for a 9/11-style commission to get to the bottom line of the US Capitol attack of January 6, 2021. "To protect our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission to 'investigate and report on the acts and causes relating to January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex," Pelosi said in a statement. 

Former Senator Jeff Flake penned a column where he calls on the Republican party to break away from Trump. "Let's not continue this tragic charade by further humiliating and debasing ourselves," said Flake. Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger is facing family backlash for voting to convict Trump. Eleven family members sent him a letter in which they did not spare him from criticism. "Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God!" they wrote. "You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name!" 

Talking to Anderson Cooper on CNN last night, Anthony Scaramucci said enough people are "tired of the radicalism coming from the Trump fringe of the Republican party" to either form a new faction within the GOP or form an entirely center-right new party. 

Parler announced a relaunch. Their slogan " We will not be canceled" echoes the CPAC's 2021 punchline "America, uncancelled."

Harry and Meghan will do a tell-all interview on "60 Minutes" with Oprah on March 7, 2021. To say that the Royal Family is not pleased would be an understatement. Duchess is not publicity-shy. She wants the publicity she can control. 

Europe is facing a challenge with the rise of separatist parties. Spain is on the road to a new referendum after parties who support Catalonia's secession won the election. Albin Kurti is the winner of Kosovo's parliamentary elections that will drive Serbia-Kosovo relations further away from reaching a common ground. 

Across the pond, PM Boris Johnson welcomed the news that Jaguar and Land Rover are going all-electric. "Great news Jaguar Land Rover is set to become an all-electric brand by 2025, a significant step towards becoming a net-zero business by 2039. A brilliant example of British engineering leading the industry to a cleaner future, as we build back greener," Johnson said on Twitter.

The UK has vaccinated over 15 million people, an extraordinary achievement so far, while the EU is lagging behind.

What will Biden do today? At 12:30 PM EST, Biden and Harris will receive the President's Daily Brief in the Oval Office. In the evening, the President will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he will participate in a live town hall hosted by CNN. 

In a coordinated effort with the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, and Agriculture, President Biden will continue to address today's problems of eviction and foreclosure Americans face due to pandemics. Data shows that 1 in 5 renters can't pay their rent and that just over 10 million people are behind on mortgage payments. On Wednesday, the Census Bureau released its latest and largest Household Pulse survey results to date, showing that people of color face even greater hardship with deferred or missed payments.

At 11:30 AM EST, Press Secretary Jen Psaki will brief the press. 

That's a wrap for this Tuesday morning. Good Morning DC will be here tomorrow to bring you the latest and most relevant first. 



 

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