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    Some may get this ...

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    this one is better...

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    Originally Posted by Klondyke
    Wondering ...
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    You do a lot of that . . . being vodka-pickled most of your life (after 12 anyway) has that effect
    Wondering, whether you have learned - as ein Weltmann - there are also other drinks in the world? But it won't be so witty, would it?
    (BTW, without a wondering, isn't the life a bit simple and poor for you? - just curious...)

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    • Here are the executive actions Biden will take this week


    Monday: 'Buy American' day

    Biden is expected to sign an executive order that directs agencies to strengthen requirements so that they acquire goods and services from American businesses and workers.

    Tuesday: 'Equity' day

    Tuesday will see Biden sign a broad range of executive orders related to racial equity.

    Wednesday: 'Climate' day

    Biden will announce Wednesday plans for a U.S.-hosted leadership summit to take place on Earth Day as one of multiple actions aimed at addressing the climate crisis.

    A memo outlining looming orders also signals Biden will sign an executive order that initiates a series of regulatory actions to "combat climate change domestically and elevates climate change as a national security priority," though it does not offer additional specifics.

    The omnibus order will also reestablish the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, as well as a memorandum urging agencies to make decisions based on available science and evidence.

    Biden on his first day in office recommitted the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement and signed an executive order revoking a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and halting oil and gas leasing at a wildlife refuge in Alaska.

    Thursday: 'Health Care' day

    Biden on Thursday will take the highly anticipated action among pro-choice advocates of rescinding the so-called Mexico City policy, which bans the use of U.S. funding for foreign organizations that provide or promote abortions.

    Friday: 'Immigration' day

    Biden will build on some of the immigration-related actions he took on his first day in office with a few additional executive orders to be signed on Friday.

    The president, according to the memo obtained by The Hill, is likely to sign an order related to regional migration and border processing that will rescind Trump administration policies around the asylum system and direct the creation of strategies to address root causes of migration from Central America.

    Biden will also sign an order establishing a task force to reunify migrant families separated during the Trump administration. Biden himself faced criticism during the Democratic primaries for the Obama administration's deportation policies, but the Trump administration implemented an official zero tolerance policy that led to the separation of thousands of migrant families.

    The president will also sign an order directing an immediate review of the public charge rule "and other actions to remove barriers and restore trust in the legal immigration system, including improving the naturalization process."

    A fourth order, establishing principles to guide the implementation of the Refugee Admission Program, is tentatively on the schedule for Friday but could be scrapped or changed, according to the memo.: Here are the executive actions Biden will take this week | TheHill



    • Sanders: Senate may use budget reconciliation to pass Biden agenda


    Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Sanders welcomed the prospect of Republican support for the president's plan for an economic recovery package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic but warned that the GOP had set a precedent with its use of the tactic, which allows senators to approve certain tax and spending bills with a simple majority and sidestep the 60-vote threshold needed for most legislation, while President Trump was in office.

    "Now, as you know, reconciliation, which is a Senate rule, was used by the Republicans under Trump to pass massive tax breaks for the rich and corporations. It was used as an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And what we're saying is 'You used for that. That's fine. We are going to use reconciliation. ... You did it. We're going to do it to protect ordinary people, not the rich and the powerful,'" said the senator.: Sanders: Senate may use budget reconciliation to pass Biden agenda | TheHill
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    'You used for that. That's fine. We are going to use reconciliation. ... You did it. We're going to do it
    And that is exactly what needs to be done - the Republicans have set so many precedents for bad behaviour, sidestepping norms, flagrant abuse of power . . . they don't have a leg to stand on for the foreseeable future.

    First lines of duty - make anyone who doesn't get the required number of votes 'acting' their position and then increase the number of people on the Supreme Court

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    Sure, stick out the conciliatory hand. But we know what to expect- it has already been signalled. Republican obstructionism. You have an agenda Dems, and you have the Electoral mandate. So drive it through. Let those 'perpetually offended' Right wing assholes (yes, it is not a monopoly of the Left) be offended. Boo fecking Hoo.

    Joe (far from sleepy) is sounding pretty good so far. Fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    You have an agenda Dems, and you have the Electoral mandate. So drive it through.
    I feel the Dems are too lacking in the ruthless edge required for that, always looking to be seen to be doing the right thing.

    It's Charlie Brown and Lucy with the football.

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    ^ And you are right. Sometimes, you gotta fight fire with fire. Don't bring a Peace sign to the OK Corral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Joe (far from sleepy) is sounding pretty good so far.
    As per an anonymous source he is planning an annual Q/A event, that should last over 5 hours, not the meager 4:45 h as did by (please no names here)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    And that is exactly what needs to be done - the Republicans have set so many precedents for bad behaviour, sidestepping norms, flagrant abuse of power . . . they don't have a leg to stand on for the foreseeable future.
    Long time ago I did not follow US politics as much as I do now. But back then my impression was that working together across party lines was quite common and I admired that. The ruthless opposition at any cost was blatant already when Obama was president. It is not new since Trump though he carried it to extremes.
    "don't attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence"

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    So Biden has blocked travel from South Africa.

    One hopes he doesn't do a baldy orange loser and forget people can fly to another city first...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    what ?
    Remember baldy orange loser's "Chyna!" ban that didn't stop them flying through Europe?

    Biden to ban travel from South Africa, reinstate restrictions on Brazil and U.K. - POLITICO

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    Get it out man.

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    • The Bidens' dogs, Major and Champ, arrive at the White House


    Dogs have returned to the White House after a four-year hiatus.

    Champ and Major, the German shepherds of President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, arrived at the White House on Sunday, a few days after their owners.: The Bidens' dogs, Major and Champ, arrive at the White House - CBS News

    In other news……….


    • Kerry on climate talks: 'I regret that my country has been absent'




    U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told the United Nations on Monday that he regrets America’s absence from the fight against climate change during the previous administration.

    “Three years ago scientists gave us a stark warning. They said we have 12 years within which to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Now we have nine years left and I regret that my country has been absent for three of those years,” Kerry said at the United Nations Climate Adaptation Summit.

    Kerry’s speech was one of his first official acts since President Biden named him a special envoy on climate and follows the president signing an executive order to recommit the U.S. to the Paris climate accord.

    “We're proud to be back. We come back, I want you to know, with humility for the absence of the last four years, and we'll do everything in our power to make up for it,” Kerry said.: Kerry on climate talks: 'I regret that my country has been absent' | TheHill
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    Biden To Halt Oil, Gas Leasing On Federal Land


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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Biden To Halt Oil, Gas Leasing On Federal Land
    Not halt . place a moratorium so that the issue can be studied, allowed where it makes sense , and denied where it does not.

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    Putin tells Biden in first phone talks that normalization of Russian-US relations would benefit everyone
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    Putin tells Biden in first phone talks that normalization of Russian-US relations would benefit everyone — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union


    What a wonderful world...

    The whole 4 years the world had been afraid of the Russiagate, a cause for impeachment 1.0, big money spent on investigation, mind the Russians supporting and financing Taliban...

    And not more than 2 weeks ago the direct line from Kremlin advised for insurrection in D.C. (as found out from certain Nancy and Hillary)...

    But now, within a week, everything will be again back... (where to?)

    (many thanks in advance for the comical moving pictures Jack-in-box sent into my reputation box by my fan club...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Putin tells Biden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleo Robbie View Post
    I've never really understood why the USA and Russia remain at odds
    The cold war finished 30 years ago
    Why at odds?
    Perhaps that the one side does not follow the "advice" of the other side as it was 30 years ago, when the direct line from B. to B. was daily engaged...

    As our Kenner above, pH=0, knows about the "lies", luckily, the dangerous Mr. Putin did not issue such "advice for insurgency into D.C.", similarly as the Uncle Yeltsin ordered to bomb the Congress (parliament) in Moscow - and for such statesmanship he was utmost praised...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    As our Kenner above, pH=0, knows about the "lies"
    Yup, it's as obvious as the smell of alcohol on your breath, tovarish


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    • President Joe Biden has taken action to stop issuing new leases for natural gas and oil development on federal lands and waters as part of his broader push to tackle climate change and transition to a clean energy economy.


    The president on Wednesday signed an executive order that directs the Department of Interior (DOI) to suspend new oil and natural gas leases on public lands and offshore waters “to the extent possible.”

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    “In my view, we’ve already waited too long to deal with this climate crisis, we can’t wait any longer,” Biden said Wednesday before signing the order.

    The order also kicks off a review of existing leasing and permitting practices related to fossil fuel development to identify steps that can be taken to increase renewable energy production. Oil and gas drilling on tribal land will not be stopped by the order.

    The move was applauded by conservationists who say offshore oil and gas drilling poses a significant threat to wildlife, while pollution from burning such fossil fuel leads to worsening global warming and ocean acidification.

    “More drilling means more climate pollution that we simply cannot afford,” Diane Hoskins, campaign director at conservation group Oceana, said in a statement.

    “President Biden’s actions are a win for the health of our ocean, our economy and our climate. We look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to permanently move away from dirty and dangerous offshore drilling toward clean, renewable energy sources like offshore wind,” Hoskins said.

    In an analysis released this week, Oceana said ending new leases could curb more than 19 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions and save $720 billion in damages to people, property and the environment. Drilling on federal lands is responsible for about a quarter of the nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

    But as drilling on federal land and water generated nearly $6 billion in revenue last year, Biden’s order is sure to face legal challenges from the oil and gas industry and Western states that depend on the industry.

    Top oil and natural gas trade association American Petroleum Institute (API) warned that the suspension of new leases would cost American jobs and make the U.S. more dependent on foreign energy.

    “Today’s executive action to halt leasing is a step backwards both for our nation’s economic recovery and environmental progress, threatening to cost thousands of jobs and much-needed revenue while increasing emissions by slowing the transition to cleaner fuels,” Mike Sommers, API president and CEO, said in a statement.

    “Limiting domestic energy production is nothing more than an ‘import more oil’ policy that runs counter to our shared goal of emissions reductions and will make it harder for local communities to recover from the pandemic,” Sommers said.

    But the White House maintains its climate plans will net millions of jobs in construction, manufacturing, engineering and skilled-trades with investments in renewable energy.: Biden says 'we've waited too long to deal with climate crisis' in sharp turn from Trump – live | US news | The Guardian - Access Denied - Federal Register
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    • Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy




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