Biden news today: President gets damning approval poll ahead of press conference

PSAKI dismisses criticism of Biden’s voting rights remarks, calls them ‘hilarious’

President Joe Biden’s approval rating is just 40%, a year into his presidency.

A new Morning Consult/Politico poll showed 56% of those polled disapproving of his job performance so far, while 68% also felt the United States was headed in the wrong direction.

The poll results come as the White House plans a Wednesday press conference for Joe Biden to promote his administration’s efforts to combat the surge in Omicron and the wider availability of home testing kits.

The president will also announce a plan to distribute hundreds of millions of N95 masks to Americans for free, according to Politico.

The masks are said to come from the federal government’s stockpile of 737 million N95 masks in the National Strategic Stockpile, which come from 12 national manufacturers.

Last week, Mr. Biden acknowledged that for some Americans, getting high-quality masks is “not always affordable or practical.”

Meanwhile, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising on the U.S. Capitol has subpoenaed and obtained records of phone numbers linked to Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald’s fiancée. Trump Jr, according to CNN.

It comes as additional subpoenas were issued on Tuesday to other members of Donald Trump’s inner circle, including Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell and Boris Epshteyn.

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Biden will speak today

President Joe Biden will speak this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. from the East Room of the White House, where he plans to hold the first presidential press conference of 2022.

Expect questions to focus on last-ditch attempts by the White House and Senate Democrats to push Sens Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema in favor of changing the filibuster rule, which requires legislation to reach 60 votes before being adopted by the Senate.

The president will also likely face tough investigations into his dismal approval rating, negotiations over his signing the Build Back Better Act and his administration’s Covid-19 response.

John BowdenJanuary 19, 2022 3:44 p.m.

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How has Biden fared in his first year in office?

A year into his presidency, Joe Biden’s approval rating is just 40%, according to a new poll. Did the Democrat promise too much? Or did he simply inherit problems too big to solve in such a short time?

Andrew Buncombe has the premium analysis on Biden’s first year in office.

Harriet SinclairJanuary 19, 2022 2:50 p.m.

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PSAKI Shares Tweet Defending Biden Over Colleyville Comments

Jen Psaki denounced the suggestion that President Joe Biden failed to acknowledge the anti-Semitic attack in Colleyville as an act of terror.

The White House press secretary shared a tweet on Tuesday evening condemning the suggestion and calling it a political attack.

Harriet SinclairJanuary 19, 2022 2:25 p.m.

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What the Biden administration’s mask announcement means

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta has this report on the new release of hundreds of millions of high-quality Covid-19 masks from the National Strategic Stockpile.

Andrew NaughtyJanuary 19, 2022 12:51

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White House warnings about Ukraine grow more serious

As Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian officials ahead of talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the Biden administration warns the planned Russian invasion of Ukraine could begin at any time .

Andrew NaughtyJanuary 19, 2022 12:29

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How the voting rights maneuver will play out in the Senate today

Senate Democrats led by Chuck Schumer are planning a procedural decision tonight that will test their voting rights legislation. It’s not expected to work, but it might at least force some senators who stayed away from the debate to nail their colors to the flagpole. Here’s a preview of what’s to come next.

Andrew NaughtyJanuary 19, 2022 12:10 p.m.

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Read: Florida governor proposes election enforcement team

Ron DeSantis, one of America’s most prominent Republican governors, is taking steps to shore up his credentials as a proponent of election security. Alex Woodward reports on his latest plan: to secure millions of dollars to fund a state “Office of Election Crime and Security.”

The few cases of voter fraud that have been uncovered in his state since 2020 are mostly the work of Trump supporters.

Andrew NaughtyJanuary 19, 2022 11:50 am

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Manchin defends his position on the right to vote

Through the Washington Postfrom JM Rieger, watch below as Joe Manchin tries to explain his stance on the voting rights legislation he and Kyrsten Sinema are blocking by refusing to allow changes to the filibuster.

Andrew NaughtyJanuary 19, 2022 11:29

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How Voter Suppression Laws Play Out in Texas

As pressure mounts on Senate Democrats to at least somewhat strengthen the right to vote with new legislation, reports from Texas give an idea of ​​the hurdles new voter registration laws have put in place.

Andrew NaughtyJanuary 19, 2022 11:11 am

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Florida state senator condemns push for more voting restrictions

Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson slammed a state push to introduce new voting restrictions as “totally ridiculous” and “an effort against minority voters.”

She said she was “alarmed” by what was “coming out of the governor’s office.”

She added, “It looks like the governor wants to outdo Trump.”

Holly BancroftJanuary 19, 2022 10:50 am