Obama jokingly calls Biden ‘vice president’ on return to White House
Joe Biden’s first Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, is expected to be confirmed today by a vote on the Senate floor. Having garnered the support of three Republican senators – Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney – she is also expected to have the support of all 50 Democrats, setting her up to become the court’s first Black woman justice.
The vote comes after a seven-week nomination process that saw her heavily criticised by Republicans who focused on her supposed record of leniency towards sexual offenders who targeted children. That criticism was in turn widely rejected as a distortion of her past decisions.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is stepping up sanctions against Russia, whose economy it says is approaching the point of catastrophe because of western restrictions on imports, businesses and wealthy individuals.
Announcing a new round of sanctions, Mr Biden promised that “we will keep raising the economic cost and ratchet up the pain for Putin and further increase Russia’s economic isolation”.
ICYMI: White House warns of economic collapse in Russia
As it escalates its sanctions on Russian businesses and state institutions as well as oligarchs, officials and their families, the Biden administration has this week claimed that the Russian economy is nearing “the brink of a collapse” thanks to the co-ordinated western actions to punish it for the attack on Ukraine.
According to Joe Biden, the new round of measures unveiled yesterday, which included sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters, are intended to “ratchet up the pain” on the Russian president.
Andrew Feinberg and Justin Vallejo have more.
Andrew Naughtie7 April 2022 13:22
Ketanji Brown Jackson nears confirmation
Ketanji Brown Jackson will finally face a full Senate vote later, and with the support of 53 Senators, she is expected to be confirmed. That will make her the first Black woman justice at the highest court in the land.
However, because she is replacing a retiring liberal justice, Stephen Breyer, she will not shift the ideological balance of the court, which thanks to Donald Trump’s appointments is currently tilted 6-3 in favour of the right on most decisions.
The Senate is expected to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday, securing her place as the first Black woman on the high court and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his historic pick
Andrew Naughtie7 April 2022 12:39
US warns of upcoming North Korean nuclear test
North Korea recently tested what seemed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, and the Biden administration has now warned that the isolated dictatorship may be planning another “provocative action” in the next week – possibly a full-blown nuclear weapons test.
According to the US special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, the US and its allies “are prepared to deal with whatever they may undertake”.
Aside from the war in Ukraine, which has seen Vladimir Putin order…
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