President Joe Biden has long threatened Russia with “rapid and terrible consequences” if Moscow invades Ukraine. Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a “special military operation,” Biden now has the opportunity to make good on his pledge.
In remarks from the White House on Thursday, Biden is expected to set out “additional penalties” for Russia. Overnight, explosions were reported in Kyiv, possibly signaling the start of a larger offensive.
In response, the president made a sombre statement, describing the act as “unprovoked and unjustifiable.”
“Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable,” Biden said in a statement.
The Biden administration had started rolling out a “first tranche” of penalties on Russian banks, oligarchs, and the Nord Stream 2 natural gas infrastructure. Some Republican senators have accused Biden of not going far enough on sanctions, which have failed to persuade Russia to change its ways.
Even as tensions rise and Ukraine prepare for a full-scale invasion, the White House reaffirmed Biden’s commitment not to send American soldiers to the country.
“We are not going to be in a war with Russia or putting military troops on the ground in Ukraine fighting Russia,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday.
The uncertainty surrounding this year’s election timetable as a result of redistricting is dissipating as two key electoral battlegrounds obtain a better understanding of their new maps.
Following a months-long redistricting struggle, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided on a congressional map in a 4-3 decision. The map picked by the court was created by Stanford University professor Jonathan Rodden and was presented by a group of residents.
The redesigned map reflects Pennsylvania’s loss of a congressional seat as a result of the 2020 Census. Although the court did not change the primary date to May 17, it did postpone by a few weeks the deadline for candidates to gather and file evidence in order to be included on the ballot.
The state currently has eight Republican-leaning seats, six Democratic-leaning seats, and three extremely contested districts, according to FiveThirtyEight. One of those very congested places is the 17th District, which is now represented by Rep. Conor Lamb, who is running for Senate.
Meanwhile, political tensions over redistricting in North Carolina remained high on Wednesday, as a three-judge panel rejected a GOP-backed congressional plan and replaced it with remedial designs. The state Supreme Court dismissed Republican lawmakers’ requests to postpone the use of the trial panel’s maps over the weekend.
With the start of the Conservative Political Action Conference later Thursday morning, it’s conservatives turn to shine in Florida. As moderate to far-right Republican members (and even some Democrats) rush to Orlando to plot their road to triumph in the 2018 midterm election, where they expect good returns, Republican ideology is having its first primary of sorts.
Former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., party friends Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, and Sen. Marco Rubio are among those who will be honored at the day-long celebration in Trump’s new home state. Governors Ron DeSantis and Kristi Noem, both rumored GOP 2020 candidates, will be in attendance. Former Vice President Mike Pence, whose relationship with his former ticket-mate continues to be publically strained, is noticeably absent. Pence said Trump was “wrong” for implying he had any ability to reverse election results at a speech in Orlando a few weeks ago. It’s uncertain whether any of the Republicans in attendance will echo Pence’s message or probe more into misleading charges.
This year’s CPAC will feature a number of discussions centered on culture-war subjects that are popular among Republican voters. “School Board for Dummies,” “War Through Weakness, Elections Matter,” and “They Can’t Shut Us Up!” are among the panels at the event. “Fire Fauci,” “Sorry Stacey, you are not the Governor,” and “The Government is Dangerous to Your Health.”
CPAC is on through Sunday.
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