Good Morning DC: Ice Cream Politics

#GoodMorningDC. Here's the world you are waking up to this Monday morning March 29, 2021. 

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning, DC! It’s Monday, and after today, all essential employees in the media and mass communications will be eligible for a vaccine in DC. 

The latest column Member of the UK Parliament wrote for The Pavlovic Today made a splash across the pond. 

“Andrew Bridgen has accused the EU of launching a politically motivated attack against Covid-19 vaccine maker AstraZeneca to deflect criticisms of its shambolic roll-out,” reports Express by quoting a large part of Birdgen’s column. 

Read on: The EU and Ursula von der Leyen set out to teach AstraZeneca a lesson but only shown that they need to learn one themselves.

Also across the pond, the new bill against censorship by Big Tech is about to be introduced. The aim of the bill is to stop social media companies from acting as “judge and jury” of the news. 

An Uber Eats driver, Mohammad Anwar, 66, originally from Pakistan, got killed by a thirteen- and fifteen-year-old girl in Washington, D.C, but the media outcry against Asian-American hate in this case is still missing. Why? 

Over the weekend, record rainstorms in the South killed four people and over 130 people had to be rescued from cars, apartments and homes. The deadly storms battered Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. In Nashville, the storms created one of the “wettest 24-hour periods” in the city’s history, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Shamburger. 

President Biden spent the weekend in Delaware and upon return, he revealed that he settled on a strategy for his Build Back Better proposal and that he’s not concerned about whether Trump, aka “the other guy,” goes to the border.

“We are putting in place a plan that I feel very confident about and I don’t care what the other guy does,” said Biden.. 

Despite the progress with vaccines, COVID cases are going up in America and a fourth spike may be approaching. Biden is worried that “people are letting their guard down,” and many health care experts agree with him. 

Senator Chris Murphy said on Sunday that he thinks there’s a chance of getting 60 votes for a background check proposal. Biden said he was prepared to make calls to Republicans to try to get it through the finish line.

“I’m the only one that’s ever gotten it passed, man,” Biden reminded us. “Everybody keeps wondering whether I cared about dealing with rational gun control. The only gun control legislation ever passed was mine. It’s going to happen again.” 

On a global affairs front, China and Iran are teaming up, which is a development of grave concern for any American president. Over the weekend, Iran reached a 25-year-long agreement to give China access to the Middle East. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi called the U.S. sanction on Iran “an illegal and inhumane act.” 

Up to a hundred people were killed in what became one of Myanmar’s deadliest days since the coup. The Myanmar military were celebrating the annual Armed Forces Day, but elsewhere other military officials were reportedly killing dozens of people as they suppressed protests against the military coup. No official death count has been given, but outlets have been reporting numbers ranging from 107-114. 

Biden, who is known for his love of all things ice cream, gave up all sweets for Lent. “You have no idea how hard that is for me,” he said adding that he is looking forward to having “ice cream,” again. 

What will Biden do today? Today, the biggest event on the president's public schedule are the remarks he will deliver on the COVID-19 response and the state of vaccinations in America. 

At 11:00 AM, the White House COVID-19 response team will hold a press briefing. 

At 12:30 PM, Press Secretary Jen Psaki will brief the press. 

Heads up: On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, President Biden will sign the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law. 

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Biden will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to deliver remarks on his economic vision for the future and the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan to Build Back Better.

On Thursday, April 1, 2021, Biden is scheduled to have lunch with Vice President Kamala Harris.

On Friday, April 2, 2021, Biden will travel to Camp David, where he will remain over the weekend.

And that’s a wrap for this Monday morning, March 29, 2021. Senator Tammy Duckworth, the Illinois Democrat, published a memoir: Every Day Is a Gift. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest and most relevant first. 



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