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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    He used a word beginning with N but not the one you mean. I see no problem with the word he used. Some older African-Americans find the word “black” offensive but not the N word that Biden used, though it fell out of widespread use in the seventies.
    You spell out black but the N word, should give you a clue.

    I know which word he used, its very offensive to most black people. If Trump had used it, there would be outrage.

    Biden is a lame duck leader, its clear others are making the decisions and he is only the old poster boy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    You spell out black but the N word, should give you a clue.

    I know which word he used, its very offensive to most black people. If Trump had used it, there would be outrage.

    Biden is a lame duck leader, its clear others are making the decisions and he is only the old poster boy.
    I read about this. He didn’t use the offensive n-word, he used the one that means black in Spanish. That is a banned word on PP for some strange reason. It got asterisked out when I posted it. I just asked two black people, who are fine with its use.

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    Biden mulls US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

    US President Joe Biden has said that he is weighing a US diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympic games due to be held in Beijing, China.

    "That is something we are considering," he told reporters ahead of talks with the leaders of Mexico and Canada.

    A diplomatic boycott would mean that no US officials are sent to attend the games. The decision comes amid rising tension in the US-China relationship.

    On Monday, Mr Biden held his first direct talks with China's Xi Jinping.

    At the White House, Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the US and China leaders did not discuss the Olympics during their three-hour virtual meeting on Monday.

    Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have called for a diplomatic boycott as a means to protest against Chinese human rights abuses.

    A diplomatic boycott would not affect athletes, but Ms Psaki said the US is still finalising "what our presence will be" at the games, which are due to begin on 4 February.

    The US has accused China of genocide towards the Uighurs - a Muslim minority group which lives mostly in the autonomous region of Xinjiang.

    Tensions have also risen over the way China has acted to repress political freedoms in Hong Kong.

    Mr Biden's comment came as he was hosting Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for formal talks at the White House.

    The talks, dubbed the Three Amigos Summit, are expected to focus on border issues, tax subsidies for electric vehicles, Covid precautions and other issues.

    Last month, US senators proposed a draft amendment to a bill that would ban the US State Department from spending government funds to "support or facilitate" the attendance of US diplomats at the Games.

    Nancy Pelosi, the most senior Democrat in Congress, has called for a boycott, saying that US leaders who attend would lose their "moral authority".

    Republican Senator Tom Cotton said on Thursday that diplomatic boycott of the "genocide Olympics" would be "too little, too late" and called for a total boycott of all athletes, officials and US corporate sponsors.

    Nikki Haley, the former US representative to the UN under Donald Trump, has also called for a complete boycott.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-59340859


    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    His next challenge is likely to be in Ukraine, whose foreign minister said on BBCR4 that Russian troops are massing on their border and that they are preparing to fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    His next challenge is likely to be in Ukraine, whose foreign minister said on BBCR4 that Russian troops are massing on their border and that they are preparing to fight.
    This feels like Putin testing the waters with an ailing Biden and a flagging US administration, and seeing how much he can get away with & how far he can potentially push it. The credibility of America aboard is at an all time low, so it’s a big test for Biden. I don’t think this would have happened with Obama in the White House, or even if it had been Bush Jr or the oafish Trump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    This feels like Putin testing the waters with an ailing Biden and a flagging US administration, and seeing how much he can get away with & how far he can potentially push it. The credibility of America aboard is at an all time low, so it’s a big test for Biden. I don’t think this would have happened with Obama in the White House, or even if it had been Bush Jr or the oafish Trump.
    Trump wouldn’t have done jack. Putin has kompromat on him.

    Obama let him get away with it in South Ossetia and that emboldened him to do it again in Crimea.

    He would do it in the Baltic states if they weren’t swarming with NATO troops.

    The West clearly failed in Afghanistan but n the summer, and Ukraine isn’t in NATO. If Putin takes Ukraine then his tanks will threaten the EU.

    With USA seeming an unreliable ally after Afghanistan, and the strong possibility of Trump 2.0, that Euro Army suddenly looks like a very good idea.

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    Putin just has to turn off the gas and Europe will plunge into darkness and economic caos.

    Putin can threaten Europe by cutting off basic human necessities; he doesn’t need tanks and troops. This is modern warfare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Putin just has to turn off the gas and Europe will plunge into darkness and economic caos.

    Putin can threaten Europe by cutting off basic human necessities; he doesn’t need tanks and troops. This is modern warfare.
    But then Gazprom will go broke. 1/3 of the Russian federal budget relies on oil and gas export. It would be kamikaze for Putin to turn off the tap. I think he needs the Western market more than we need his gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    But then Gazprom will go broke. 1/3 of the Russian federal budget relies on oil and gas export. It would be kamikaze for Putin to turn off the tap. I think he needs the Western market more than we need his gas.
    True he needs the Western market, but he stands to lose profit where as Europe will lose lives. He's already threatened Austria and with Russia stock piling foreign reserves (in Gold) and selling/binding more with the East, he won't be as reliant on Western money as he is now. Even the economic sanctions imposed on Russia after Crimea made little difference.

    Russia is building brides but the West is burning them.

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    In any event, Ukraine is calling for assistance from the West.

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    I don't think the West has an appetite for war now, and Putin realises this. West isn't coming to help Ukraine with forces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    I don't think the West has an appetite for war now, and Putin realises this. West isn't coming to help Ukraine with forces.
    If so, then Ukraine is about to be gobbled up by the Russian bear.

    Bet they regret giving up their nukes now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    If so, then Ukraine is about to be gobbled up by the Russian bear.

    Bet they regret giving up their nukes now.
    NATO Secretary General has made an announcement that NATO is moving nuclear warheads to Eastern Europe.

    You may get the war you were promised during the Cold war period after all.

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    Kamala Harris: First woman to get US presidential powers (briefly)

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-59352170

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    The West has been anticipating the reabsorption of Ukraine for years, hence why they are not in NATO or the EU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    NATO Secretary General has made an announcement that NATO is moving nuclear warheads to Eastern Europe.

    You may get the war you were promised during the Cold war period after all.
    Putin will back down. He pokes the West in the chest. If it doesn’t react he advances. If it stands up, he withdrawns and pokes someone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    The West has been anticipating the reabsorption of Ukraine for years, hence why they are not in NATO or the EU.
    Interesting point. Probably correct. Ukraine is part of Partnerships For Peace with NATO, but the principle of attack on one = attack on all doesn’t apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Interesting point. Probably correct. Ukraine is part of Partnerships For Peace with NATO, but the principle of attack = attack on all doesn’t apply.
    Yer. I read an acclaimed book “Prisoners of Geography” recently which had a chapter on each of the major powers, and the Russia discussion was mainly about how the Ukraine is horrendously exposed to invasion at Putin’s behest in every way.

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    https://www.reuters.com/markets/us/b...ws-2021-12-17/

    The latest version of the Biden administration’s plan to forgive billions of dollars in farm debt - initially targeted at farmers of color - will exclude thousands of its originally intended recipients because of a change in loan eligibility, according to government data reviewed by Reuters.

    The debt relief program had been cast by President Joe Biden’s administration as a form of restitution for decades of discriminatory lending practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) against Black and other minority farmers.

    Farmer advocates say changing the program risks undermining already-shaky trust between the government and minorities in agriculture.

    "If Black farmers don’t get this debt relief that they’ve been promised, it’s almost like a contract that’s being broken,” said Cornelius Blanding, executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, which represents Black farmers.

    The administration first attempted to forgive $4 billion in debt for farmers of color through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in April. read more

    The USDA sent letters to 14,120 farmers of color between May and September, promising $2.4 billion in debt relief, according to data from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) obtained by Reuters through a Freedom of Information request.

    But white farmers blocked the program in court, arguing its racial criteria made it unconstitutional. read more

    The new program, included in the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) now being hashed out in the Senate, would make farmers eligible for debt relief according to their economic insecurity rather than race.

    But it would also relieve debt only for farmers who have loans directly through FSA, excluding farmers with outstanding private loans guaranteed by the agency.

    That means some 15%, or 2,100, of the 14,120 farmers of color who received letters from USDA this spring would no longer meet the criteria because they hold guaranteed, rather than direct loans, according to FSA data.

    The program prioritizes farmers with direct loans because they are generally more economically distressed than guaranteed borrowers, said a staffer on the Senate Agriculture Committee, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the issue.

    In addition to eligibility changes, the use of economic metrics could itself also leave out some farmers of color, said a congressional staffer familiar with the policy details, but who also asked not to be named.

    "I don't think there's any potential formula that’s going to capture 100% of the socially disadvantaged farmers who would have gotten the debt relief before.”

    USDA declined to discuss the details of the program, saying it was under the purview of Congress, but acknowledged the government's frayed relationship with minority farmers.

    “Let’s be clear: we have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust. The American Rescue Plan provided opportunities to do that, but unfortunately, court orders have put some of the key provisions on hold," said Dewayne Goldmon, USDA senior adviser on racial equity.

    Luke Meeks, 39, is a Lakota Native American rancher who, like his brother and parents, operates a ranch in southwestern South Dakota. He was among the farmers of color who received a USDA letter promising debt relief under ARPA.

    Forgiveness of his $500,000 in FSA debt would be a game-changer for Meeks, who has been trying to move his family to a better location for his children’s education, but cannot get bank approval.

    “It would simplify everything,” he said.

    But some of his loans are guaranteed, so they would not be eligible for relief under the BBBA program. Without the debt relief, Meeks said his options are limited.

    “You just kind of get by,” he said. “Take out a big loan, sell your calves, pay off your debt, then you get another loan.”

    Guaranteed loans are granted by banks to farmers who are unable to qualify for a traditional loan. Such loans are, on average, three times bigger than direct loans, according to FSA data, and are backed up to 95% by FSA.

    John Boyd Jr., a Virginia farmer and president of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA), said he was worried the new version of the debt-relief program would prove disappointing to many Black farmers too.

    “Every time we’re thrown in the pot with everybody else, we don’t get the money,” he said.

    The Department of Justice is still defending the ARPA debt program in court. But the government is unlikely to win that case, said Jessica Culpepper, a senior attorney with Public Justice who represents NBFA and the Association of American Indian Farmers in the litigation.

    The judge in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas, where the lawsuit is being heard, is likely to follow a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in May that deemed another ARPA program that sought to allocate relief by race to be unconstitutional, she said.

    Farmers of color have alleged for decades that they face discrimination from federal and local FSA offices in accessing loans and services.

    USDA has settled discrimination lawsuits previously with farmers who are Black, Hispanic, Native American or female, though minority farmers have argued the settlements have been inadequate.

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office found in 2019 and in 2021 that minority farmers still receive a disproportionately small share of farm credit.

    The exclusion of guaranteed loans from the new program comes after lobbying on the issue by the banking industry.

    In early April, the American Bankers Association (ABA), Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), and National Rural Lenders Association warned USDA in a letter of “adverse consequences” to bank incomes if guaranteed loan portfolios were suddenly paid off.

    Those consequences could include a loss of interest revenue on loans, or loss of premiums on loans traded in the secondary markets, the letter said.

    Under the current version of the BBBA plan, guaranteed borrowers would still be eligible for $1.02 billion in loan modifications, which could include reamortization or lowering interest rates, according to a USDA official.

    At the ABA Agricultural Bankers Conference in November, FSA administrator Zach Ducheneaux called on banks to grant farmers of color with guaranteed loans extra flexibility because they would not receive the anticipated relief.

    “We are going to have borrowers in your portfolios making plans based on that letter,” he said to the audience of bankers, his face flushed and clearly angry. "It’s got my damn signature on it.”

    Some 68% of the farmers receiving the letters had responded to USDA verifying their debt was accurate by late September, according to the latest FSA data available. The agency is still accepting responses from farmers eligible for the ARPA program, said a USDA official.

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    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/bid...ms-2022-01-11/

    President Joe Biden will travel to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace of Atlanta on Tuesday to jump-start stalled efforts to reform U.S. voting rights, after some states passed new laws that activists say will deter Black voters from going to the polls.

    Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris, will speak at Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College, two historically Black schools, as Democrats gird themselves for tough 2022 congressional elections that could strip them of their majority and the chance to change federal voting laws.

    Many civil rights activists say Biden should have done more during his first year in office to push for reforms, and some, including Georgia's Stacey Abrams, won't attend his speech. Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that he spoke to Abrams this morning, and that they got their scheduling mixed up but are “on the same page.”

    The speech will be Biden's second in as many weeks warning about the health of democracy in the United States. On Jan. 6, he targeted former President Donald Trump's "web of lies" about the 2020 election, blaming his Republican predecessor for the deadly attacks on the U.S. Capitol a year before.

    Trump continues to say that the 2020 election was stolen by Biden's Democrats through voter fraud, despite recounts and investigations that found no evidence to backthe claim. Since then, Republican lawmakers in 19 states have passed dozens of laws making it harder to vote. Critics say these measures disproportionately affect minorities.

    Biden wants to build public support for proposed reforms to strengthen voting rights, particularly the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Both have so far withered under opposition from Republicans, who argue they would impose questionable national standards on local elections.

    "The next few days, when these bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation," Biden plans to say Tuesday, according to excerpted remarks provided by the White House.

    "Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadow, justice over injustice? I know where I stand. I will not yield. I will not flinch. I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies foreign and domestic. And so the question is where will the institution of United States Senate stand?"

    "History is going to judge you," he told reporters Tuesday, when asked about the speech.

    Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday: "Leading Democrats say they want to break the Senate because of a sinister anti-voting plot that is sweeping America. Of course this is totally fake. It does not exist."

    Biden will be joined in Atlanta by Bernice King and Martin Luther King III, two of the slain civil rights leader's children, as well as top civil rights activists, including Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton, NAACP President Derrick Johnson and National Urban League President Marc Morial.

    But some advocacy groups have been frustrated with a lack of progress and will boycott the president's visit.

    "We, along with other Georgia-based groups, told the president this is not the time and that we don't need a photo op," said April England-Albright, legal director for Black Voters Matter in Atlanta. "There has not been any real movement around voting rights legislation."

    Representatives for Abrams could not be immediately reached for comment, although she backed Biden's efforts in a post on Twitter on Monday.

    "The fight for voting rights takes persistence," wrote Abrams, who narrowly lost the 2018 gubernatorial election. "Thank you, @POTUS, for refusing to relent until the work is finished. Welcome back to Georgia where we get good done."

    Georgia was a battleground state in the 2020 election, and Democrats won two crucial U.S. Senate seats in runoff contests in January 2021 that gave them effective control of the chamber. Later in the year, the Republican-led state legislature approved sweeping voting restrictions. The U.S. Justice Department sued, saying the law infringes the rights of Black voters.

    King, who agitated for voting reforms and civil rights in the then-segregated South, was assassinated in 1968 and is remembered with a national U.S. holiday that will fall on Jan. 17 this year. Democrats have set the holiday as a deadline for action on voting rights.

    Biden, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats have for months been honing a strategy to pass bills that would expand early voting and strengthen federal oversight in states with a history of racial discrimination at the polls, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Biden and Democrats "believe that passing federal legislation is a national imperative," a White House official said.

    The president will support changing filibuster rules that currently require 60 senators to support most legislation, the White House has said, but those changes do not have the support of all Democratic lawmakers.

    Amid the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, McConnell this month signaled interest in changing the Electoral Count Act, an 1887 law that allows members of Congress to dispute presidential election results. But Democrats have said such reforms do not ensure voting rights.

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    Joe Biden has been an abject failure, his rating are lower than Trump, and he’s a walking talking liability and embarrassment.

    Even Obama said - 'Don't underestimate Joe's ability to (expletive) things up'

    https://www.kake.com/story/42501205/...tive-things-up

    Let this sink in.

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    U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday nominated former Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin for the Fed's key regulatory post and economists Lisa Cook and Philip Jefferson to serve on its board in what would represent a landmark demographic overhaul of the world's most powerful central bank.

    The appointments - which appear likely to face some opposition from Republicans in the Senate - would fill out the ranks of a seven-member panel that wields tremendous influence over the world's largest economy, and would make the Fed's top leadership the most diverse by race and gender in its 108-year history. Both Cook and Jefferson are Black.

    Biden's picks for the Fed followed his decision to nominate Jerome Powell for a second term as head of the central bank and elevate Governor Lael Brainard to the vice chair position and presents him an opportunity to leave a lasting imprint on a body that sets economic policies - particularly about interest rates - that reverberate worldwide.

    The appointments were announced as Biden's own plans for a post-pandemic economy have run into an unexpected spike in inflation and partisan squabbling in Congress - a factor that may also come into play during the nominees' confirmation process.

    "This group will bring much needed expertise, judgment and leadership to the Federal Reserve while at the same time bringing a diversity of thought and perspective never seen before on the Board of Governors," Biden said in a statement. "They will continue the important work of steering us on a path to a strong, sustainable recovery, while making sure that price increases do not become entrenched over the long term."

    The nominations drew immediate fire from the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, signaling a potentially rocky, and partisan, confirmation process in a legislative body that Democrats control only by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris' dual role as president of the Senate.

    "I have serious concerns" about Raskin, Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said in a statement, adding that he believes she would try to keep banks from lending to oil and gas companies and otherwise stray from the two congressional mandates that steer the Fed's core mission - maximum employment and price stability.

    Toomey and other Republicans repeatedly queried Brainard about her support for climate risk research during her confirmation hearing on Thursday. Regarding Cook and Jefferson, Toomey said he will "closely examine" whether they have "the necessary experience, judgment, and policy views to serve as Fed Governors."

    Senate Democrats, though, signaled support, with Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has long pushed for stronger bank oversight, calling Raskin "a tough and thoughtful financial regulator with decades of experience at both the state and federal levels."

    Cook, a professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University, would be the first Black woman to serve as a Fed governor. Jefferson, a professor and senior administrator at Davidson College in North Carolina, would be only the fourth Black man to sit on the panel and the first in more than 15 years.

    Biden's picks would mean the seven-member Board of Governors would include four women, also a first. Currently, the Fed's board has only five members, all white, although that tally will fall to four - two men and two women - after Vice Chair Richard Clarida leaves the board on Friday as previously announced.

    "It's clearly a changing of the guard," said Larry Katz, a professor at Harvard University. This is a "path-breaking new set of nominees who will bring important perspectives and representation to the board."

    The effort to make the Fed look more like America comes at a critical time. Inflation is at its highest level in decades. Unemployment is down, but U.S. employers have 3.6 million fewer workers on their payrolls than they did before the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Fed is debating how fast and how far to raise interest rates and otherwise tighten monetary policy to rein in inflation without short-circuiting the labor market, a process that could be underway before Raskin, Cook and Jefferson win confirmation.

    Its current leadership has already signaled readiness to start raising rates as early as March, dialing back from an ultra-accommodative footing that could test financial markets and influence the pace of recovery during an election year in which control of Congress is on the line.

    Leading the pivot is Powell, who told the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday during his nomination hearingthat the economy no longer requires the extensive support in place since the onset of the pandemic, a view now shared widely by Fed officials.

    Analysts don't expect any of the newcomers - should they be confirmed - to lean against that view, at least initially.

    "Inflation is so high and political pressures on the Fed are so strong (including from Democrats), that we doubt they will push hard against the will of the (policy-setting) committee," Cornerstone Macro economist Roberto Perli wrote. "Because all of (the nominees) have expressed views in favor of broader expansion of the labor market, however, we can expect them to resist substantial tightening in the future."

    Raskin, who spent four years as a Fed governor before being tapped as a deputy Treasury secretary from 2014 to 2017, is expected to bring tougher oversight to bear on Wall Street than the Fed's previous vice chair of supervision, Randal Quarles, who left the Fed at the end of last year.

    Cook has written extensively about the economic consequences of racial disparities and gender inequality, and growing up lived through the violence of school desegregation in the U.S. South. Jefferson, who had a stint as a Fed researcher early in his career, has written extensively on wages, poverty and income distribution, although he has not published recently.

    Kevin Hassett, who chaired the Council of Economic Advisers under former President Donald Trump, said Jefferson was an "incredibly smart economist" and serious academic who should be confirmed by the Senate quickly.

    "He's the kind of honorable, serious person the Federal Reserve should have."

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    President Joe Biden's Democrats will bring their push to protect U.S. voting rights to the floor of the Senate this week, where it is roundly expected to fail in the face of united Republican opposition.

    The vote, which could come in days or weeks, may be the last chance for Biden to secure a new federal law to counter an onslaught of state limits to poll access before Republicans possibly capture one or both houses of Congress in elections in November.

    As other elements of his domestic agenda stall on Capitol Hill, the Democratic president has called the vote a significant moment for a U.S. democracy facing crisis.

    If the vote fails, the Senate could agree a narrower compromise over vote counting procedures, as some Republicans say they would like to avoid a repeat of the chaos that followed the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

    First, the Senate will take up as soon as Tuesday the legislation to expand access to mail-in voting, tighten campaign finance rules, and strengthen federal oversight of elections in states that have a history of racial discrimination.

    Debate before any vote could be lengthy. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine on Friday noted that the Senate spent several weeks debating the landmark voting rights laws of the 1960s, which were last updated by Congress in 2006.

    "We may be on this debate for some time," he told constituents on a Zoom call.

    Barring an unexpected development, Democrats are headed for defeat. Republicans oppose the package as a partisan effort that would undermine local control of elections, and Democrats lack the support within their own party for a rule change that would allow them to bypass Republican opposition.

    Democrats argue the legislation, backed by civil rights groups, is needed to counter a Republican-led push to make it more difficult to vote at the state level, particularly for Blacks and other minority voters.

    Those efforts have been underway for more than a decade, but they gained new momentum last year after former President Donald Trump falsely claimed that his 2020 election loss was due to fraud. Lawmakers in 19 states have passed dozens of laws since Trump's defeat limiting voting times and mail-in ballots and raising voter-ID requirements.

    In the Senate, Republicans blocked similar legislation three times last year, and are expected to do so again. Democrats control 50 seats in the 100-seat chamber, short of the 60 votes needed to advance most legislation.

    Biden pressed Democrats last week to waive that supermajority requirement, known as the "filibuster," for voting-related legislation. But two centrist Democratic senators, Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, said they would not do so.

    The two met with Biden Thursday evening to discuss the topic, but have since given no indication that their opinion has shifted.

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    Well it’s been a year now and one thing which has become undeniably clear is that Joe Biden is doing an absolutely dismal job at the Potus. His latest public howler on the Ukraine situation has effectively given Putin the green light to invade Eastern Europe without consequence. What a complete and utter embarrassment…

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    Big foreign policy test coming up for Uncle Joe - Russia/Ukraine.

    NATO cannot directly intervene but can supply Ukraine with weapons and training to defend herself. Ukraine cannot stop the Bear if he charges, but can make it uneconomic for him to remain by giving him a bloody nose and continual guerilla action, while USA, EU and UK impose economic sanctions.

    Bet Ukraine feel a bit silly for giving up their nukes now.

    Let’s see if Uncle Joe is up to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Big foreign policy test coming up for Uncle Joe - Russia/Ukraine.

    NATO cannot directly intervene but can supply Ukraine with weapons and training to defend herself. Ukraine cannot stop the Bear if he charges, but can make it uneconomic for him to remain by giving him a bloody nose and continual guerilla action, while USA, EU and UK impose economic sanctions.

    Bet Ukraine feel a bit silly for giving up their nukes now.

    Let’s see if Uncle Joe is up to it.
    Oh man. Economic sanctions eh? UK and EU will NOT impose any sanctions; only USA, and the toughest sanction will be to block Russia from SWIFT (no access to USD transactions). This will not effect Russia as it will trade using Euro for all the Gas supplied to Europe.

    Economic sanctions might work on weaker countries (even though North Korea and Iran still survive), but do not work with Russia/China. We know this because USA have pulled the same economic stunt with Russia in the past, and Russia remain standing and in control of natural energy supplies to Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Oh man. Economic sanctions eh? UK and EU will NOT impose any sanctions; only USA, and the toughest sanction will be to block Russia from SWIFT (no access to USD transactions). This will not effect Russia as it will trade using Euro for all the Gas supplied to Europe.

    Economic sanctions might work on weaker countries (even though North Korea and Iran still survive), but do not work with Russia/China. We know this because USA have pulled the same economic stunt with Russia in the past, and Russia remain standing and in control of natural energy supplies to Europe.
    Russia isn’t really a strong country. It has a strong military but the GDP is half that of the UK’s. It has leverage because Europe is shutting down coal burning and still needs gas for the moment. But take those exports away and the Russian economy collapses. Germany has already banned Russian gas imports and are importing from Ukraine instead.

    What we could see is UK and EU versions of the USA Magnitsky Act, closing down the activities of Russian oligarchs in the West, and their corrosive effect of democracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Russia isn’t really a strong country. It has a strong military but the GDP is half that of the UK’s. It has leverage because Europe is shutting down coal burning and still needs gas for the moment. But take those exports away and the Russian economy collapses. Germany has already banned Russian gas imports and are importing from Ukraine instead.

    What we could see is UK and EU versions of the USA Magnitsky Act, closing down the activities of Russian oligarchs in the West, and their corrosive effect of democracy.
    I wouldn't dwell or be fixated on GDP. Still Russia's GDP to Debt ratio is the lowest out of all NATO member and because of this Russia can absorb greater economic shocks unlike NATO members that are on the cusp of economic implosion even with near zero rates and larger GDP.

    Also the West isn't the only trading partner for Russia. China, and the rest of the rising East is too. If Russia is blocked from trading in USD, it will only accelerate dollar demonitisati in the region and effect the USD globally.

    How Long till the coal mines and coal burning ends? No gonna happen for a decade or;si, until then Russia has the leverage.

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    Just going to say it as it is… there is no way that Ukraine would be on the brink of invasion by Russia if Trump, Clinton, or even Bush Jr or Obama were the POTUS. Biden is a very weak man & Putin views him as too old, doddery and as a physical, mental and political pushover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Just going to say it as it is… there is no way that Ukraine would be on the brink of invasion by Russia if Trump, Clinton, or even Bush Jr or Obama were the POTUS. Biden is a very weak man & Putin views him as too old, doddery and as a physical, mental and political pushover.
    Also The House of Reps is completely deadlocked and he can’t even get all his own Congressmen in line.

    It’s not inconceivable that Congress wouldn’t vote to take decisive action over Ukraine. Putin knows this.

    I think we are seeing the end of USA as a world power. They can’t even share a reality regarding the veracity of the last election. Secession by some States may result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Just going to say it as it is… there is no way that Ukraine would be on the brink of invasion by Russia if Trump, Clinton, or even Bush Jr or Obama were the POTUS. Biden is a very weak man & Putin views him as too old, doddery and as a physical, mental and political pushover.
    Correct. Biden now has a lower rating than Trump. (After a year in office). Majority believe Biden is losing his mind.

    Biden was a desperate option, and the people didn’t vote him because they thought he would be a better President, they voted him because he was the only other option on the ballet against Trump. Even Obama doesn’t rate Biden.

    Biden has set the perfect stage for Trump’s return. If Trump does, then Liberals and democrats will blame Ronald McDonald and have a 4 year meltdown till 2028.

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    To be fair @James, USSR stormed into Afghanistan and Reagan did nothing.

    Russia took South Ossetia and Crimea, and Obama did nothing.

    Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43 were never tested by Russia because it imploded in 1989 and took three decades to come back as a world player.

    Putin had kompromat on Trump.

    Biden is at least rattling his sabre. NATO is arming the Ukraine troops, which is probably as much as they can do without risking kicking off WW3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    To be fair @James, USSR stormed into Afghanistan and Reagan did nothing.

    Russia took South Ossetia and Crimea, and Obama did nothing.

    Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43 were never tested by Russia because it imploded in 1989 and took three decades to come back as a world player.

    Putin had kompromat on Trump.

    Biden is at least rattling his sabre. NATO is arming the Ukraine troops, which is probably as much as they can do without risking kicking off WW3.
    Putin had kompromat on Trump?

    Evidence backing your claim?

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    WATCH Biden insult reporter over inflation https://www.rt.com/news/547240-biden...pid-inflation/

    Asked about the political impact of inflation, US President Joe Biden called the reporter who shouted the question a “stupid son of a b***h.” The remark was captured before his microphone was cut off, at Monday’s meeting of the White House Competition Council.

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    Leader of the 'free' world ladies and gentlemen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    WATCH Biden insult reporter over inflation https://www.rt.com/news/547240-biden...pid-inflation/

    Asked about the political impact of inflation, US President Joe Biden called the reporter who shouted the question a “stupid son of a b***h.” The remark was captured before his microphone was cut off, at Monday’s meeting of the White House Competition Council.

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    Leader of the 'free' world ladies and gentlemen.
    What really irks me is how this disgraceful and woefully unbecoming stuff from a US President is not more widely reported, when Trump did and said things in press conferences which were robust and slightly controversial but still far milder than the above, and he would get lambasted for it. Love or hate Trump he was essentially correct about the western mass media and how deeply corrupt & horrendously biased they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    What really irks me is how this disgraceful and woefully unbecoming stuff from a US President is not more widely reported, when Trump did and said things in press conferences which were robust and slightly controversial but still far milder than the above, and he would get lambasted for it. Love or hate Trump he was essentially correct about the western mass media and how deeply corrupt & horrendously biased they are.
    We the plebians have been divided in "Us vs Them" fallacy.

    You are either a 'Maga hat wearing redneck' or 'soy-boy beta'

    Meanwhile, the same damn establishment is ruling everywhere and is slowly making all of our lives collectively miserable.

    Both Trump and Biden are laughing at peoples' stupidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    What really irks me is how this disgraceful and woefully unbecoming stuff from a US President is not more widely reported, when Trump did and said things in press conferences which were robust and slightly controversial but still far milder than the above, and he would get lambasted for it. Love or hate Trump he was essentially correct about the western mass media and how deeply corrupt & horrendously biased they are.
    Indeed. Trump was stating the truth about the media. Those lefties/democratic who thought Trump would start a nuclear war should be more worried about Biden; who is clearly not mentally fit and god forbid 3 more years of this senile!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    What really irks me is how this disgraceful and woefully unbecoming stuff from a US President is not more widely reported, when Trump did and said things in press conferences which were robust and slightly controversial but still far milder than the above, and he would get lambasted for it.
    Trump did, however, make fun of a reporter’s cerebral palsy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhenSultansBowled View Post
    We the plebians have been divided in "Us vs Them" fallacy.

    You are either a 'Maga hat wearing redneck' or 'soy-boy beta'

    Meanwhile, the same damn establishment is ruling everywhere and is slowly making all of our lives collectively miserable.

    Both Trump and Biden are laughing at peoples' stupidity.
    Social media algorithms are to blame for this polarisation.

    Biden promised to reunite the country, but I think it is beyond fixing now. If 70% of Repub voters honestly think the 2020 election was stolen, if the population cannot even agree on what constitutes reality, I see no way forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Social media algorithms are to blame for this polarisation.

    Biden promised to reunite the country, but I think it is beyond fixing now. If 70% of Repub voters honestly think the 2020 election was stolen, if the population cannot even agree on what constitutes reality, I see no way forward.
    The US will continue to exist, but this could eventually come in an alternative and possibly reduced form. The nation could potentially look at constitutional amendments and further devolve powers from its federal government. Certain states might then begin to consider secession, if they so wish, following lengthy regional discussions. (And other territories who are particularly keen on statehood, such as Puerto Rico, should be permitted to join.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Trump did, however, make fun of a reporter’s cerebral palsy.
    Not the point. The media were all over Trump's goofs and gaffs, why isn't the media over Biden goofs/gaffs? This is the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Not the point. The media were all over Trump's goofs and gaffs, why isn't the media over Biden goofs/gaffs? This is the point.
    I don’t follow all the media. LBC did a very critical report of Biden at press conference the other day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    The US will continue to exist, but this could eventually come in an alternative and possibly reduced form. The nation could potentially look at constitutional amendments and further devolve powers from its federal government. Certain states might then begin to consider secession, if they so wish, following lengthy regional discussions. (And other territories who are particularly keen on statehood, such as Puerto Rico, should be permitted to join.)
    Guam too. They have contributed huge numbers of soldiers and Marines to USA down the years, yet have no vote!

    But California and Texas speak of secession.

    New England / NY / Penn is very different from the MidWest, which is different from the South, which is different to the Deep South, and Texas / New Mexico / Arkansas is very different to California. I could see splits occuring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Trump did, however, make fun of a reporter’s cerebral palsy.
    Thats a good example, even though Trump did not make fun of a reporter’s cerebral palsy the media falsely reported that he did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Thats a good example, even though Trump did not make fun of a reporter’s cerebral palsy the media falsely reported that he did.
    Unfortunately for a lot of folks Trump Derangement Syndrome won't abate for a decade or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    I don’t follow all the media. LBC did a very critical report of Biden at press conference the other day.
    Cop out mate.

    Funny how you aware of Trumps's shenanigans?

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    Joe Biden (his ally UK and other Zionists around the world) just failed to drag the EU into a war.

    Now, unless God forbid, he stoops as low as to do a false flag operation, there will be no EU lives in danger on Russian soil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    WATCH Biden insult reporter over inflation https://www.rt.com/news/547240-biden...pid-inflation/

    Asked about the political impact of inflation, US President Joe Biden called the reporter who shouted the question a “stupid son of a b***h.” The remark was captured before his microphone was cut off, at Monday’s meeting of the White House Competition Council.

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    Leader of the 'free' world ladies and gentlemen.
    Embarrsing, something out of junior school!

    Biden and co fooled the black voters with BLM so he could get into office. Now they have woken up, Trump to cruise to victory in the next election.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Embarrsing, something out of junior school!

    Biden and co fooled the black voters with BLM so he could get into office. Now they have woken up, Trump to cruise to victory in the next election.
    Biden is setting the playing field for a Trump return, in the same way, Obama, the 'first black president', set the path for Trump in 2015.

    These lefty loons will implode in 2024! They will never learn!

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    Wonder if the one running for the Republican nomination will be former President Trump himself, or one of his family: could be Donald Jr, Ivanka, or Jared Kushner. (albeit would be effectively Trump as Potus again by proxy.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Biden is setting the playing field for a Trump return, in the same way, Obama, the 'first black president', set the path for Trump in 2015.

    These lefty loons will implode in 2024! They will never learn!
    Great comedy from Sleepy Joe aka the so called most poweful man in the world , having the nuclear football everywhere he goes!

    Its not the first time he's made a fool out himself.

    ""I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places right now. It's not that it's going to Mexico, it's that you are in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes everywhere through the aircraft. That's me.""

    "This is a big f______ deal." With his use of the F word, Biden offered the ultimate blue-collar acknowledgment of a job well done. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quickly came to the Vice President's defense with a simple note on his official Twitter feed: "And yes, Mr. Vice President, you're right..."

    "If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong."

    "Remember, I said it standing here, if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy." Hmmmm....


    My favourite !

    "I'm told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up Chuck, let 'em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about. I'll tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up, though, pal."

    —Biden, telling Missouri state senator Chuck Graham to stand up at a campaign rally, before realizing that Graham is confined to a wheelchair.

    http://content.time.com/time/special...895156,00.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Wonder if the one running for the Republican nomination will be former President Trump himself, or one of his family: could be Donald Jr, Ivanka, or Jared Kushner. (albeit would be effectively Trump as Potus again by proxy.)
    It will be Trump, he has a huge support base and even larger now after Biden showing he is clearly not mentally there.

    Trump leads with 57% to his next Rep rival at 11%.

    Unless there is voter fraud, Trump will walk the next election even if they use Michelle Obama to garner black votes again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    It will be Trump, he has a huge support base and even larger now after Biden showing he is clearly not mentally there.

    Trump leads with 57% to his next Rep rival at 11%.

    Unless there is voter fraud, Trump will walk the next election even if they use Michelle Obama to garner black votes again.
    Trump 2.0 looks like a foregone conclusion at the moment. Biden has done a dismal job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Embarrsing, something out of junior school!

    Biden and co fooled the black voters with BLM so he could get into office. Now they have woken up, Trump to cruise to victory in the next election.
    Not really, black community clearly understand about the racial reality of the US, most have experienced at least once in their life time, they had no hope from neither Trump nor Biden in regards to BLM movement and it is unlikely to change regardless who is the President.

    Biden got into office because Trump royally messed up on handling the pandemic and mail in ballots.

    Most black in the US just did not like Trump for who he is.
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    I dont think Trump will even run again, he is just trolling the media. I doubt any of his family will run or even want to run. CNN and MSNBC are still obsessed with Trump and every day try and convince people that Trump is going to jail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaLoco View Post
    Not really, black community clearly understand about the racial reality of the US, most have experienced at least once in their life time, they had no hope from neither Trump nor Biden in regards to BLM movement and it is unlikely to change regardless who is the President.

    Biden got into office because Trump royally messed up on handling the pandemic and mail in ballots.

    Most black in the US just did not like Trump for who he is.
    ITs not what they liked or not, its how many came out to vote after the BLM set up which was a democrat statergy to win the election.

    Great article by Brookings here.

    https://www.brookings.edu/blog/how-w...can-democracy/


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    ITs not what they liked or not, its how many came out to vote after the BLM set up which was a democrat statergy to win the election.

    Great article by Brookings here.

    https://www.brookings.edu/blog/how-w...can-democracy/
    What option did most black population had? it was either Trump or Biden, and after perpetual vilifying the first black President (Birther), calling direct and indirect support for white supremacism, who did you think the black community would have elected?

    Mail in ballot had significant impact on the results.

    Trump's worse enemy is himself, he is incapable of hiding his bigotry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaLoco View Post
    What option did most black population had? it was either Trump or Biden, and after perpetual vilifying the first black President (Birther), calling direct and indirect support for white supremacism, who did you think the black community would have elected?

    Mail in ballot had significant impact on the results.

    Trump's worse enemy is himself, he is incapable of hiding his bigotry.
    Because of BLM Biden had larger turnout of Black voters in certain key areas which propelled him to victory, check out Milwaukee as one of the key places. If you feel without BLM this would still have taken place, you're entitled to your view but its wrong imo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Because of BLM Biden had larger turnout of Black voters in certain key areas which propelled him to victory, check out Milwaukee as one of the key places. If you feel without BLM this would still have taken place, you're entitled to your view but its wrong imo.
    That had an impact but you can not blame anyone else but Trump for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaLoco View Post
    That had an impact but you can not blame anyone else but Trump for it.
    Trump was more popular with minority voters compared to 2016.

    I dont see blame as Im not American and frankly dont care who is in power. My point was BLM helped Biden to victory taking the key areas because of higher black voter output. You dont really think BLM was a genuine movement which had nothing to do with the upcoming election?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Biden is setting the playing field for a Trump return, in the same way, Obama, the 'first black president', set the path for Trump in 2015.

    These lefty loons will implode in 2024! They will never learn!
    You mean the second black president. Remember Bill Clinton was the first!!

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    Has had the worst first year , good chance many democrat voters will stay away next elections.

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    Has not done a good job as President, however his term has not been as bad as his critics state. He is not responsible for inflation. He withdrew troops from Afghanistan, passed the infrastructure bill. However the people certainly blame him for the problems the country is facing.

    His best and maybe only chance to win reelection is to hope Trump runs in 2024.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Trump was more popular with minority voters compared to 2016.

    I dont see blame as Im not American and frankly dont care who is in power. My point was BLM helped Biden to victory taking the key areas because of higher black voter output. You dont really think BLM was a genuine movement which had nothing to do with the upcoming election?
    It was a genuine movement. Biden cashed on Trumps inability to outright separate himself from white supremacy. At the end of the day most from black community are well aware, neither Trump nor Biden would change anything for the black community but they also didnÂ’t want to tolerate TrumpÂ’s rhetoric and TrumpÂ’s direct and indirect support for white supremacy.

    Only Trump is to blame for his loss. His inability to read the political environment building up to elections which included response to Covid and also mail in ballot was another big factor as Democrats are less likely to get in line to vote on a weekday after work.

    People call him a clever politician, he was for getting elected for the first term, cunningly utilized fame and kept the birther narrative alive and that worked because he was running against the first black President but for the second term he was running against his first term, when push came to shove in the beginning of the pandemic he tried to ride out with the same narrative, “they vs us”, and “injecting bleach and immaturity during daily Covid briefing” and also his inability to call out white supremacy cost him elections.

    Biden was handed the White House by trump on a platter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Cop out mate.

    Funny how you aware of Trumps's shenanigans?
    Trump had his own cheerleader section called Fox News.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Biden is setting the playing field for a Trump return, in the same way, Obama, the 'first black president', set the path for Trump in 2015.

    These lefty loons will implode in 2024! They will never learn!
    What you are saying here is that it is ok to be a white suprematist. A lot of white Americans simply couldn’t accept being ruled by a black man.

    Biden would be a moderate Tory in the UK. He’s on the right of the Dems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    What you are saying here is that it is ok to be a white suprematist. A lot of white Americans simply couldn’t accept being ruled by a black man.

    Biden would be a moderate Tory in the UK. He’s on the right of the Dems.
    You are putting words in my mouth. I never said its ok to be a white supremacist. Many white Americans were fine with a black president, they voted for Obama TWICE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Trump had his own cheerleader section called Fox News.
    Not the point. LBC would have a field day with Trump's gaffs, in fact almost every media, but Biden doesn't get the same treatment, even on LBC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Not the point. LBC would have a field day with Trump's gaffs, in fact almost every media, but Biden doesn't get the same treatment, even on LBC.
    Well, his gaffes are just mistakes, not egregiously racist, sexist, white supremacist and anti-disability statements like those from Trump, intended to appeal to voters’ nastiest instincts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Well, his gaffes are just mistakes, not egregiously racist, sexist, white supremacist and anti-disability statements like those from Trump, intended to appeal to voters’ nastiest instincts.
    Trump supporters include millions of Blacks voters too; more than Obama had.

    Says a alot.

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    US President Joe Biden has delivered a statement on the conflict in Ukraine. Here's a rundown of what he said:

    — The Russian invasion is happening exactly how US officials predicted

    — Russia staged false-flag operations that resulted in a "flagrant" violation of international law

    — President Putin moved 175,00 troops and military equipment to Ukraine's borders and brought blood supplies and built field hospitals

    — Putin wanted to re-establish the former Soviet Union and his actions leave him as a pariah on the international stage

    — The US would defend "every inch" of Nato territory, but no American troops would be deployed to Ukraine


    Biden also announced sanctions to "maximise a long-term impact on Russia". In summary:

    — Biden said he agreed with the G7 leaders from the world's largest economies that they will collectively limit Russia's ability to do business in dollars, euros, pounds and yen

    — Russia's second largest lender VTB is among four Russian banks that will be sanctioned

    — The US and allies will cut off more than half of Russia's high-tech imports which will stop them from being able to modernise their military, build ships and aircraft and advance in aerospace

    — Cutting Russia off from the global Swift banking system is not being proposed "right now"

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    President Joe Biden will nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, US media reports.

    By doing so, the president will honour his commitment to make a black woman his first nomination to the country's top court.

    If confirmed, she will be the first black woman to serve in the court's 233-year history.

    She would replace liberal justice Stephen Breyer when he retires at the end of the court's term in June.

    Ms Jackson is a federal appeals judge, who has worked as a public defender.

    With the Senate divided 50-50 between the parties, Democrats have just enough votes to confirm President Biden's choice if they all back her. Vice President Kamala Harris has the deciding vote.

    Justice Breyer's replacement would not shift the court's current 6-3 conservative majority.

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    Where are the lefty loons who thought Biden would be a better leader? Hiding are we? Biden has a lower rating than Trump.

    Liberalism is a nutshell - abject failure.

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    Saudi Arabia and UAE leaders 'reject calls with US President Biden'
    Officials say the snub comes as Saudi and Emirati officials voiced criticism of American policy in the Gulf in recent weeks

    The White House has reportedly failed in its attempt to arrange calls between US President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    Although the calls were intended to focus on building international support for Ukraine and the control of surging oil prices, the leaders of both Gulf countries declined US requests to speak to the president.

    Officials have said the rejection comes as Saudi and Emirati officials voiced their criticism of American policy in the Gulf in recent weeks.
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/s...ect-call-biden

    World sees Biden as some sort of bad joke. Saudi and UAE refuse a phone call with him lol.. Now if Putin calls them ...


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    Lol that’s embarrassing.

    Even Boris would probably be granted a call.

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    haha.. Biden is hilarious. What an idiot!

    America is just not the power that it used to be anymore. SAD!


    Kut khani hai to aa jao idher, khushbo laga ke!

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    Joe Biden: We will not fight a war against Russia

    The US will not send troops to Ukraine, US President Joe Biden said in firm comments in Friday.

    "I want to be clear: We will defend every inch of Nato territory with the full might of a united and galvanized Nato," the president wrote on Twitter. "But we will not fight a war against Russia in Ukraine. A direct confrontation between Nato and Russia is World War III."

    Biden has repeatedly said that sending US troops for direct engagement with Russia was off the table.

    In recent days, his administration has pursued an increasingly aggressive sanctions campaign against Vladimir Putin and his country.

    On Friday, Biden announced a ban on imports of Russian alcohol, seafood and diamonds and widened the list of oligarchs facing sanctions.

    BBC

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Joe Biden: We will not fight a war against Russia

    The US will not send troops to Ukraine, US President Joe Biden said in firm comments in Friday.

    "I want to be clear: We will defend every inch of Nato territory with the full might of a united and galvanized Nato," the president wrote on Twitter. "But we will not fight a war against Russia in Ukraine. A direct confrontation between Nato and Russia is World War III."

    Biden has repeatedly said that sending US troops for direct engagement with Russia was off the table.

    In recent days, his administration has pursued an increasingly aggressive sanctions campaign against Vladimir Putin and his country.

    On Friday, Biden announced a ban on imports of Russian alcohol, seafood and diamonds and widened the list of oligarchs facing sanctions.

    BBC
    Biden said this last week....must have forgot....


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    US President Joe Biden has called Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” for the first time.

    The Kremlin has reacted with fury, labelling Biden's comments "unacceptable and unforgivable rhetoric".


    One by one, diplomatic bridges between the United States and Russia are being set ablaze.

    The latest bit of rhetorical demolition came when Joe Biden labelled Vladimir Putin a war criminal, a move Russia said was "unforgivable".

    Mr Biden’s statement was an odd one, albeit not out of keeping for a politician who has a history of making monumental policy shifts in seemingly off-the-cuff remarks (see, for instance, his comments on gay marriage in 2012).

    After initially telling a reporter he did not think Mr Putin was a criminal, he came back and reversed himself. If there had been an internal debate at the White House over how to handle the growing calls in Congress and the press to condemn Mr Putin in this way, the president settled it in an aside, not a set-piece speech.

    This, of course, will make it harder for Mr Biden and his administration to work with the Russians going forward.

    BBC

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    US President Joe Biden has called Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” for the first time.

    The Kremlin has reacted with fury, labelling Biden's comments "unacceptable and unforgivable rhetoric".


    One by one, diplomatic bridges between the United States and Russia are being set ablaze.

    The latest bit of rhetorical demolition came when Joe Biden labelled Vladimir Putin a war criminal, a move Russia said was "unforgivable".

    Mr Biden’s statement was an odd one, albeit not out of keeping for a politician who has a history of making monumental policy shifts in seemingly off-the-cuff remarks (see, for instance, his comments on gay marriage in 2012).

    After initially telling a reporter he did not think Mr Putin was a criminal, he came back and reversed himself. If there had been an internal debate at the White House over how to handle the growing calls in Congress and the press to condemn Mr Putin in this way, the president settled it in an aside, not a set-piece speech.

    This, of course, will make it harder for Mr Biden and his administration to work with the Russians going forward.

    BBC
    What does that make Bush and Obama.

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