#GoodMorningDC. This is the world you are waking up to this Friday morning, March 19, 2021.
Good Morning DC! It’s Friday and this is the news you are waking up to this morning.
Putin wants to debate Biden in real-time and on a world stage. The Russian President responded to Biden’s remarks that Putin is a “killer” by saying that he will pay the price by wishing the American President good health and added that people usually see in others the traits they have in themselves. Putin used a bit of a euphemism that translates into “It takes one to know one,” pointing to slavery in America, treatment of Native Americans and the atomic bombing of Japan.
How will Biden respond now? The press conference is coming later this month, and I am sure that he will be getting this question from a journalist or two. In the meantime, Jen Psaki said, “the President is not going to hold back.”
Question: Does the President view Mohammed Bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, as a killer too?
Psaki: I don't think I need to add more “killer” names from the podium just today.
All right. All right. Now that World War III just broke out let’s just move onto the next news of the day.
Teen Vogue dropped Alexi McCammond as the next Editor in Chief. She had used anti-Asian and homophobic slurs in tweets from a decade ago. A crime of fashion before it even started. The faster you rise, the harder you fall.
America has 7 million releasable doses available of AstraZeneca. The Biden Administration wants to give Mexico 2.5 million of those doses and 1.5 million doses to Canada.
Biden believes that the former President Trump's rhetoric had contributed to the discrimination against Asian Americans. "Rhetoric, certainly from the massive megaphone you have from the White House, is something that is heard across the country, and it's important to be then thoughtful about the words you use and how you convey opposition to discrimination of any kind," Psaki concluded.
In light of Wednesday’s shooting in Atlanta, Biden ordered all flags to be flown to half-staff to respect the victims. Meanwhile, the conversation over the motive of the crime continues and the difficulty of prosecuting and proving hate crimes in Georgia law is being questioned. As officials continue to investigate the case, yesterday’s outrage over Captain Jay Baker’s comments on the suspect’s “bad day” and Baker’s released Facebook posts with racist rhetoric led to his replacement on the case.
Yesterday, the House passed two immigration proposals that provided 11 million undocumented immigration with a path to citizenship. All House Democrats voted in favor of the proposals and nine Republicans joined them. The proposals will now go to the Senate where they will face a narrow bipartisan vote. If signed into law, the proposals will provide citizenship to the children of immigrants, known as Dreamers, and hundreds of thousands of undocumented farmworkers working in America.
“For us, this is a day of not only passing legislation, but a cause for celebration,” Nancy Pelosi said before the House vote.
Across the pond, the leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, is in hot water after the latest polls indicate that people believe that she broke the ministerial code over the sexual harassment investigation into Alex Salmond. SNP was hoping for Scottish independence from Britain, but it looks like it’s Sturgeon who will be at the doors after all.
Despite the EU’s recent political attacks on the AstraZeneca vaccine, the EU’s medicine regulator issued a ruling that the vaccine is safe to use. Ursula Von der Leyen has no more cards to play.
In the world of music, Justin Bieber and Lana Del Rey dropped their latest albums, so you’ll have a nice soundtrack to your weekend. Bieber released his sixth studio album Justice right at midnight, and it has some exciting features spanning from Daniel Caesar, Giveon, to Dominic Fike. Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club is her latest release since 2019 and is said to be her folkiest work yet, but still keeps her signature melodramatic style.
This week has brought tragedy, fear and bombarded us with constant news updates. Take some time this weekend to find a moment of silence from the noise. Watch a show that teleports you to a world far away (ahem, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres today), read a book that transforms you into a fictional character, or run, walk, just find time to breathe in the hopefully warm spring air.
And that’s a wrap for this Friday morning, March 19, 2021. The federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire at the end of this month. Have some news you want to share? Email me all the deets. Good Morning DC will be back on Monday to bring you the latest first.
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