GOOD MORNING DC: Democracy Gone?

#GoodMorningDC. The military, an instrument of state power, is being used to silence journalists and media personalities: that's democracy gone.

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning DC! 

It’s Monday, and a lot of things happened over the weekend. So let’s rewind, shall we? 

Biden broke silence on Sunday evening upon his return to the White House from Delaware, in a diplomatic fashion, though, as to whether or not he thinks Andrew Cuomo should resign. “I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us,” the President responded. He also said that the Quad Summit went well. “Everyone seemed to like it a great deal,” he revealed. 

Trump made a surprise appearance at Mar-A-Lago at Big Dog Ranch Rescue fundraiser where he mentioned the possibility of Lara Trump running for Senate. "I want to thank Lara, who's been so incredible, I don't know, you're running for the Senate? I hear she's going to run for the Senate!" The Trump dynasty is planning a comeback. 

The military, whose role is to stay out of politics, got overly political against Fox TV host Tucker Carlson. From the official military accounts, Army Generals in uniforms attacked Tucker over his views and policy disagreements.

The military, an instrument of state power, is being used to silence journalists and media personalities: that's democracy gone.

You may dislike Tucker all you want, but the line is crossed here, and a dangerous precedent has been set by the Generals. Joe Biden and the Pentagon know it, so the only question left is what they will do about it?

Minneapolis settled George Floyd’s family lawsuit for 27 million dollars. The settlement marks the largest pretrial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death lawsuit in U.S history and was issued just as the murder trial for one of the police officers accused of killing him. 

Across the pond, things got heated at the vigil for Sarah Everard. Police got involved and the images that came out of Clapham Common do not look good. 

Today’s headlines all write about the chaos that took place at the vigil and the Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick who refuses to resign. The Scotland Yard Chief Officers are being accused of ‘manhandling’ protestors, and the shocking photo of protestor Patsy Stevenson, who was pinned on the ground while being arrested at Saturday’s vigil, is now viral. 

The bullying claims made against the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, the Buckingham Palace handed over to an outside law firm to investigate. The Sunday Times quotes a source at the Palace saying about the accusations made against Meghan “The actual worst incidents haven’t come out. There are some harrowing stories to tell.”

Stacey Abrams told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Republican-pushed bills in the state of Georgia to restrict voting rights are “a redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie.” In response to former President Trump’s claims of election fraud, the state is attempting to pass a law that would repeal no-excuse absentee voting for the millions of Georgians that used this method in recent major elections. Abrams noted that passing this legislation would harm our democracy in such a way that “it should be exempt from the filibuster rules.”  

On Sunday, the 63rd annual Grammy Awards aired; between Harry Styles’s bright green feather boa and 9-year-old Blue Ivy Carter’s historic win, it was a night to remember. If you need some wholesome interaction today, go watch Billie Elish and Harry Styles support each other Grammys performances. 

Some of the big wins of the night include Taylor Swift’s Folklore for Album of the Year, and H.E.R’s powerful “I Can’t Breathe” for Song of the Year. Beyonce made history by tying the record for most wins by a woman with her 27th Grammy award for the music video “Brown Skin Girl. The song was a collaboration with Beyonce and her nine-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, and the win made Blue Ivy Carter the second youngest artist to win a Grammy Award last night. 

What will Biden do today? President will give a speech on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan.

At 11:00 AM EST White House COVID-19 response team will hold a briefing 

At 12:30 PM EST  Press Secretary Jen Psaki will hold a press briefing.

Question: When will Joe Biden hold the press conference? It’s long overdue. 

The Sunday TV shows complain that they cannot book the president nor any high-profile members of the Biden Administration on-air. Now that their audiences are collapsing, what’s next for cable-journalism that made lucrative profits off anti-Tramp coverage but can't continue to profit from the White House news? 

Heads up: On Tuesday, March 16,  the President will travel to Delaware County, Pennsylvania as part of the Help Is Here tour to highlight how the American Rescue Plan helps Americans and their families.

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, the President will host H.E. Micheál Martin, Prime Minister of Ireland, for a virtual bilateral meeting. 

On Friday, March 19, 2021, the President and the Vice President will travel to Georgia as part of the Help Is Here tour to promote the American Rescue Plan.

And that’s a wrap for this Monday morning, March 15, 2021. The world we once knew is no longer the world we live in. Cancel culture is out of control and the only question I have is what are we going to do about it? Good Morning DC will be held tomorrow to give you the latest first. 


 

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