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    White House to host July 4 'independence from virus' bash

    Cue the fireworks.


    President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning this year by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country’s effective return to normalcy after 16 months of coronavirus pandemic disruption.

    Even as the U.S. is set to cross the grim milestone of 600,000 deaths from the virus on Tuesday, the White House is expressing growing certainty that July Fourth will serve as a breakthrough moment in the nation’s recovery. That's even though the U.S. is not expected to quite reach its goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated by the holiday.

    As COVID-19 case rates and deaths drop to levels not seen since the first days of the outbreak, travel picks up and schools and businesses reopen, Biden is proclaiming “a summer of freedom” to celebrate Americans resuming their pre-pandemic lives.

    The holiday will see the largest event yet of Biden’s presidency: He plans to host first responders, essential workers and military servicemembers and their families on the South Lawn for a cookout and to watch the fireworks over the National Mall. Well more than 1,000 guests are expected, officials said, with final arrangements still to be sorted out.

    The plan shows the dramatic shift in thinking since Biden just three months ago cautiously held out hope that people might be able to hold small cookouts by the Fourth, an idea that seems quaint now given the swift pace of reopening.

    “By July the 4th, there’s a good chance you, your families and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout and a barbeque and celebrate Independence Day,” Biden had said as he marked the one-year anniversary of the pandemic on March 11. “That doesn’t mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together.”

    For most Americans, that reopening target was hit last month, by Memorial Day weekend, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people and the accompanying relaxation in state and local virus restrictions.

    Now, officials say July Fourth will serve as an unofficial kickoff to a new phase in the U.S. pandemic response. The federal government is looking to turn the page on the domestic public health crisis and focus on an economic and civic revival at home and marshaling support for vaccinations around the globe.

    Across the country, the White House is hoping to see the similar Independence Day activities, after last year saw the mass cancellation of July Fourth festivities, according to two White House officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to outline the administration’s thinking.: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/0...us-bash-494638
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    Will it be mask free? or only for the vaxxed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by havnfun View Post
    Will it be mask free? or only for the vaxxed?
    No and yes.

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    Five takeaways from the Biden-Putin summit

    The last time President Biden met Russian President Vladimir Putin, he says he told the Russian leader he didn’t believe he had a soul.

    That exchange was just one of the reasons the meeting between the two men in Geneva on Wednesday was so highly anticipated.

    The summit — the final engagement on Biden’s weeklong trip to Europe — came amid tensions around Ukraine, the treatment of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, recent cyberattacks and allegations of election meddling.

    Here are the five main takeaways. (Some editing on my part)

    A return to pragmatism

    Biden made clear he and Putin weren’t miraculously going to fall into lockstep. Rather, he held out the possibility that the Russian leader could burnish his country’s reputation over time by staying within international norms.

    “This is not a ‘Kumbaya’ moment … but it’s clearly not in anybody’s interest — your country or mine — for us to be in a situation where we’re in a new cold war,” Biden added.

    Such statements aren’t exactly exciting. But they show Biden trying to walk a fine line.

    He knows his political and media opponents at home are eager to brand him as weak in his dealings with Putin, so some tonal toughness is required. At the same time, if Biden had contrived a dramatic blowup, it would have raised new questions about why the U.S. had issued the invite to the summit in the first place.

    In the end, the event met modest expectations.

    Putin, for his part, struck a similar tone.

    Capitol riot rears its head

    The most contentious subject from the two leaders’ dueling news conferences was an unexpected one — the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

    Putin raised the issue in response to a question about human rights in Russia. It’s a hot topic in general, particularly amid criticism of the Kremlin’s treatment of Navalny.

    Putin reacted in characteristic fashion, drawing attention to U.S. abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the continued existence of the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay.

    But he then drew the insurrection into the same broad argument, saying mildly that “people came to the U.S. Capitol with political demands.” The law enforcement response, he suggested, had been too harsh.

    This view — which replicates the talking points of the most fervent supporters of former President Trump — irked Biden when it was put to him at his news conference.

    The president said any comparison of Jan. 6 with legitimate protest was “ridiculous.”

    The Jan. 6 rioters, he added, were “literally criminals” who had broken through a security cordon to assail the Capitol.

    Biden praised as 'not Trump'

    Biden had one big advantage going into Wednesday’s summit — the low bar set by his predecessor.

    When Trump met Putin in Helsinki in 2018, the U.S. president was widely criticized for a craven performance. Trump infamously appeared to take Putin’s word over the testimony of U.S. intelligence agencies about whether Russia had meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

    The late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) branded Trump’s behavior at that meeting “disgraceful.”

    Biden has sought to reassure U.S. allies over the past week that “America is back” — a clear allusion to the disruption and frequent chaos of the Trump years.

    Much of the commentary that initially followed Wednesday’s summit measured Biden’s performance against that of his predecessor.

    For the most part, Biden earned positive reviews simply by staying within the standard parameters. In doing so, he offered a contrast to Trump’s seeming delight in trampling on every line.

    Putin relishes occasion

    The Russian president certainly seemed to relish the spotlight. His lengthy press conference was mostly relaxed and even, on occasion, jocular. While he complained about American double-standards on issues like human rights, he was at pains to point out that the atmosphere at his meeting with Biden had been constructive.

    “There was no hostility, quite the contrary,” he said. On several occasions, he praised Biden’s experience.

    Putin’s clear enjoyment of the event irked some observers. One critic, the former chess champion Garry Kasparov, complained on MSNBC that Putin had “got what he wanted” simply by virtue of the summit taking place.

    Questions linger about details

    The summit provided some positive mood music for Biden and Putin, but it is unclear whether it presages any real change.

    An extension of the New START arms reduction treaty had already been agreed in advance of the summit. Putin said the two nations had agreed that their ambassadors, who had been recalled to their home countries this spring, would return to their posts soon.

    Afterward, the White House issued a statement noting that the two nations “will embark together on an integrated bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue in the near future that will be deliberate and robust.”

    The proposal is nebulous, and it could be undone at a moment’s notice by anything that raises frictions, such as new cyberattacks.

    This, in turn, explains Biden’s positive but cautious tone.

    Asked at his news conference whether he trusted Putin, the president pushed back against the terms of the question.

    “This is not about trust. This is about self-interest and verification of self-interest,” he said. “Let’s see what happens.”

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    When Trump met Putin in Helsinki in 2018, the U.S. president was widely criticized for a craven performance. Trump infamously appeared to take Putin’s word over the testimony of U.S. intelligence agencies about whether Russia had meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
    I never quite got how some of the same people who praised Trump as a 'tough guy' gave him a pass on that.

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    The orange buffoon was such an arse-licker towards Putin . . . both amazing and disgusting. His fellow neo-cons simply swallowed it

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Asked at his news conference whether he trusted Putin, the president pushed back against the terms of the question.

    “As usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I'm going to call on,” Biden admitted at the start,
    Who is "they"???

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Asked at his news conference whether he trusted Putin, the president pushed back against the terms of the question.

    “This is not about trust. This is about self-interest and verification of self-interest,” he said. “Let’s see what happens.”

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    Meanwhile undoing the vile baldy orange cunto mess continues.

    June 17 (UPI) -- The Justice Department has vacated two Trump-era rules barring victims of domestic and gang violence asylum in the United States as the Biden administration continues to undo its predecessor's immigration policies.
    Justice Dept. vacates 2 Trump-era restrictions on asylum seekers - UPI.com

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    Colbert interviews Biden.
    A good chuckle


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    Funny piss-take without bring nasty . . .

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    Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure

    President Biden on Thursday announced he'd reached an infrastructure deal with a group of Republican and Democratic senators, saying both sides gave up some things they wanted to get a rare accord in a bitterly divided Washington, D.C.

    Biden acknowledged the deal would not include proposals he's made for spending to help American families, but firmly endorsed the deal on infrastructure in unusual remarks just outside the White House with the bipartisan group of senators looking on.

    “We have a deal,” Biden told reporters.

    “I think it’s really important, we’ve all agreed that none of us got all that we wanted. I clearly didn’t get all I wanted. They gave more than I think maybe they were inclined to give in the first place,” he said.

    “But this reminds me of the days we used to get an awful lot done in the United States Congress, we actually worked with one another,” Biden said, putting his hand on Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) shoulder. “Bipartisan deal means compromise.”

    Biden said he did intend to continue to look for a larger package on spending through a budget reconciliation measure, which would allow it to pass the Senate with just Democratic votes.

    President Biden on infrastructure: "We have a deal."



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    Bless them, they're doing their best to avoid calling it an infrastructure bill by referring to it as a "spending plan".

    Forget the fact the Republitards routinely stuff every bill with little favours to their sponsors...

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    yet with all of his (perceived) faults………..
    Yeah man, crazy what a compliant & subservient media can do for a politician.

    Anyway his approval rating is about what you'd expect. Not rocking the boat too hard and paying people money all the time is defo a winning strategy at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Funny piss-take without bring nasty . . .
    Indeed, I enjoyed it.

    Happy to see the Late Show live again. I didnt enjoy the lockdown versions much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Slick;4276559

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    Both lampooned here by Steven Cobert.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Yeah man, crazy what a compliant & subservient media can do for a politician.

    Anyway his approval rating is about what you'd expect. Not rocking the boat too hard and paying people money all the time is defo a winning strategy at the moment.
    It's called "getting stuff done" rather than just dog whistling to a load of retards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Yeah man, crazy what a compliant & subservient media can do for a politician.
    Not as crazy as when a man with a documented history of lies and fraud told people like you that the media reporting unfavorably on him was "fake news" you believed him or that instead of science and academics you put your faith in a reality TV 'star' or that you thought someone who bankrupted a casino could steer the economy.

    Now that's trailer park crazy asf!
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    And raise you..


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    Exactly.

    Really - that all ya got?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Yeah man, crazy what a compliant & subservient media can do for a politician.
    You really are a dumb motherfucker.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    And raise you..
    You take the pot.

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    ^^^ I'd forgotten how mentally defective that orange fucking retard actually is.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post

    That was good

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