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#GoodMorningDC! Tonight is a big day in national politics, as the whole world watches Biden’s address to the American people.

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning DC! 

It’s Thursday and DC is getting ready to vaccinate Washingtonians next on the priority list. If you are reading this and you are in DC, you can pre-register at vaccinate.dc.gov.

Tonight is a big day in national politics, as the whole world watches Biden’s address to the American people. The president will talk about what “we've been through as a nation this past year.” But more importantly, Biden said, “I'm going to talk about what comes next.”

Biden says that there is a light at the end of this past year’s dark tunnel and that he is about to launch the next phase of the Covid response.

More than 91 million Americans have received 1 dose of a shot, and America currently leads the world in total vaccinations with an average of over 2 million shots a day. This past Saturday, the United States set a record by vaccinating over 3 million people in one day. 

The supply of Covid vaccine looks promising, and if there appears to be a surplus, America will share it with the rest of the world. "We're going to start off making sure Americans are taken care of first, but we're then going to try to help the rest of the world," Biden promised. 

Meanwhile, Trump made a statement on the results of vaccine development and who gets the credit for it. “I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!”. 

Across the pond, the most important news, that has been overshadowed by Harry and Meghan, is a development in Sarah Everard’s missing person’s case that has gripped and terrified London women.. The Metropolitan Police revealed that human remains had been found in a woodland in Ashford, Kent, but they still have not confirmed her identity. The most shocking part of the story is that a policeman has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murder. 

“The news today that it was a Metropolitan Police officer who was arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has sent shockwaves and anger through the public and through the Met,” said Cressida Dick, commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police.

 “Sarah’s disappearance in these awful and wicked circumstances is every family’s worst nightmare. I know Londoners will want to know that it is thankfully incredibly rare for a woman to be abducted from our streets,” she added.

On a lighter note, the Royal Family fallout continues. Meghan Markle complained to ITV about Piers Morgan before he resigned. 

“If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out within that interview, so be it,”  Piers said. “I believe in freedom of speech, I believe in the right to be allowed to have an opinion,” he said adding that people have the right to choose to believe Markle but that he still  does not believe “almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she’s done to the British monarchy, and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital, is enormous and frankly contemptible.”

Those who cheer that Piers got canceled, should not get too excited. GB News is already looking to start talks to sign the presenter. Piers Morgan is not gone.

On Tuesday, the Biden administration placed its first sanctions on Iran blacklisting two Tehran officials accusing them of human rights violations and torture on political prisoners and detained protesters. The two Iranians, Ali Hemmatian and Masoud Safdar, are governmental interrogators and the allegations come from 2019 and 2020 arrests.

The Department of Defense is establishing a climate working group to ensure that activities are aligning with Biden’s executive order on prioritizing climate considerations in the U.S foreign policies and national securities. The group will be led by Joe Bryan (the current Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense) and will also track adherence to climate considerations in future plans. 

“We will incorporate climate risk analysis into all of our work from installation planning; to modeling, simulation, and war gaming; to the National Defense Strategy and all other relevant strategy, planning, and programming documents and processes including those supporting decision making in the Military Department,” the Secretary of Defense said in the letter establishing the group.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA 7th District) said Republicans were making a tactical mistake by not voting for Biden’s relief bill. “They’re going to have to try to explain why they voted ‘no’ on a package that puts money in people’s pockets,” she told CNN

Tucker Carlson of Fox News is trending on Twitter after calling maternity flight suits for the military a “mockery” of the U.S. military. Carlson also questioned President Biden’s commitment to make the military “more feminine,” as he put it, and did so with a large amount of backlash. Carlson later sarcastically said “men and women no longer exist” and attempted to stir fear in listeners by calling China’s military increasingly masculine. 

Heads up: On Friday, Biden will sign the American Rescue Plan into law at the White House. So, you might just get those $1,400 checks next week!

And that’s a wrap for this Thursday morning, March 11, 2021. Are you feeling exhausted from the news just yet? A lot has happened since Sunday and it already feels like Friday, don’t you think? I almost forgot to mention, did you hear that Matthew McConaughey is considering running for governor of Texas? From a True Detective to a politician, and, we have to admit, a very good-looking one. Au revoir until Friday. Good Morning DC will be here tomorrow to give you the latest first. 


 

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