#GoodMorningDC. Here's the world you are waking up to this Wednesday morning, March 17, 2021.
Good Morning, DC! It's Wednesday, and I have a question for you: where are we heading to as cancel culture delists people and takes their jobs away? Today, it’s a high-profile media figure or a politician, but tomorrow, it could be you. Yes, you. I’m talking to you, so think about it before we all end up in Cancelville.
In the beginning, it was a world of political correctness. They came up with a ready-made vocabulary. Sorry, we missed that memo–as all the greatest voices in the history of the written word did. Then came woke culture, which in itself would not be problematic if it did not try to enforce their worldview on just about anyone and punish vox populi who disagree.
Wait a minute.
First, they came for Piers Morgan and now they are coming for Sharon Osbourne. Cancel culture mean media club is after anyone who dares to disagree with their narrative. We live in the age and time where Bill Mahr and Howard Stern would have been canceled if they were just starting out. With the woke kids on the block, they would not stand a chance. Are you paying attention yet?
Eight people died in shootings across three Atlanta spas on Tuesday, and the police have one suspect in custody. Two of the spas were just across the street from each other and the third one was approximately 30 miles away. The Atlanta police recovered video footage that suggests that all three shootings were committed by the same person.
Both Russia and Iran tried to interfere in the U.S election, according to a recently declassified U.S. intelligence community report. The report claimed that Russia tried to inject conspiracy theories in an attempt to sway votes in favor of Trump. Iran, on the other hand, tried to interfere in hopes of reducing Trump’s chances of success, but not necessarily in favor of Biden. Both candidates spoke about harsh policies about Iran, but Trump’s move to remove the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Deal likely perpetuated Iran’s disdain of the former president.
President Biden will hold a formal press conference on the afternoon of Thursday, March 25, Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed.
Biden said that he does not plan to visit the southern border. “Not at the moment," the president clarified. Whether he knows which countries the US will share a surplus vaccine with first, Biden said that he is "talking to several countries already. We'll let you know that very shortly."
Yesterday evening, host Maria Bartiromo interviewed Trump on “Fox News Primetime,” and he urged his supporters to get the vaccine. Among the topics of discussion were the border crisis and his disapproval of President Biden’s actions so far. He told Bartiromo that he and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador have a “joint interest” in continuing to monitor legal immigration and continue the construction of a border wall.
Trump said that President Biden “eroded” the immigration process that his former administration had put into place, and that he thinks the state of the border is going to “get much worse.”
Across the pond
Yesterday, the Duke of Edinburgh was released from the hospital after nearly a month-long stay following a heart treatment. He is said to be in good spirits and was driven straight to Windsor Castle for a reunion with the Queen. Wait till she fills him in on what he missed out on.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to expand the United Kingdom’s nuclear weapons stockpile, and there has been warning that this violates international law as well as undermines successive prime ministers’ efforts to reduce the stockpile. If Prime Minister Johnson goes through with this, the UK’s stockpile would increase by 40 percent, which is a direct violation of the country’s signing of The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
A Japanese court ruled the country’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional after a group of same-sex couples seeking reparations for mental health suffering. While the court cannot change the constitution that only recognizes marriages as ones across “both sexes,” LGBT activists are celebrating the ruling as a symbolic victory and hope for legal change.
“Really emotional half-hour I just went through at my desk at work. I think gay marriage is really nice and any step towards it in japan makes me feel a little less bleak about the world,” said one Japanese Twitter user.
After delaying the Academy Awards because of COVID-19 concerns, the full list of Oscar nominations was finally released this week. The comedic drama Mank ran away with a whopping 10 nominations. But The Trial of the Chicago 7, Nomadland, Minari, Sound of Metal, The Father and Judas and the Black Messiah followed closely behind, all with six nominations. Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her singer-songwriter husband Joe Jonas will host the Academy Awards on April 25 in Los Angeles.
What will Biden do today? In the morning, the President will attend a mass in honor of St. Patrick's Day in Wilmington, Delaware. Then, the President will depart Wilmington, Delaware, en route to Washington, DC. In the afternoon, the President will host H.E. Micheál Martin, Prime Minister of Ireland, for a virtual bilateral meeting.
What will Jill Biden do today? The First Lady will travel to Concord, New Hampshire to visit Christa McAuliffe School. Christa McAuliffe's family will join the First Lady. This trip is part of the Help is Here tour to amplify the American Rescue Plan. The First Lady will underscore how the American Rescue Plan provides $130 billion to help schools serve all students and help achieve the President's goal to open most K-8 schools within the first 100 days in office.
And that's a wrap for this Wednesday morning, March 17, 2021. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to give you the latest first.
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