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Biden details $1.5 trillon budget – follow live


Hunter Biden shrugs off Trumps’ criticism

Joe Biden announced a $1.5trn budget proposal for 2022, with a 16 per cent increase in domestic spending. The White House outlined the proposal in its “discretionary request”, which is separate from Biden’s latest $2trn spending bill, and the $1.9trn coronavirus aid bill recently passed by the Senate.

The president also ordered a 180-day study of the Supreme Court that includes the possibility of adding more justices. Increasing the number of justices, colloquially known as “packing the court”, could reverse the current conservative majority into a progressive majority, or, depending on the results of future elections, create a supermajority for one side or the other.

Newly reported emails between Trump administration officials show them bragging about persuading or pressuring the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to alter its releases on Covid-19 transmission and deaths among younger Americans.

As he continues to promote his new memoir detailing his story of grief, addiction and recovery, Hunter Biden used an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night to take a sideways shot at the Trump family, mocking Donald Trump Jr for accusing him of nepotism – an accusation he mocked as “wildly comical” given the source.

As he writes in his book: “Do you think if any of the Trump children ever tried to get a job outside of their father’s business that his name wouldn’t figure into the calculation? My response has always been to work harder so that my accomplishments stand on their own.”

Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, has begun a lawsuit against the Biden administration to overturn a no-sailing directive that is depriving his state’s cruise industry of billions of dollars. Mr DeSantis, who has long been a critic of lockdowns and social distancing restrictions, said at a press conference yesterday that “we don’t believe the federal government has the right to mothball a major industry for over a year based on very little evidence and very little data”.

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Another curse from both their houses

Donald Trump Jr has returned fire at ‘Jimmy Blackface & The Crackhead Kid’ in the ongoing mudslinging between the progeny of the current and former presidents of these United States.

Trump Jr posted to Twitter photos of Hunter Biden, apparently passed out with suspicious paraphernalia, and Jimmy Kimmel wearing blackface, after the pair made jokes at his expense Thursday night.

Asked by Kimmel if hearing Trump Jr claim double standards of the scrutiny they received, Biden said it was “wildly comical, that’s putting it lightly”.

Biden said the two have never met, that he knows of, “but I’ve been in some pretty rough places”.

Justin Vallejo9 April 2021 17:29

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White House daily briefing to begin shortly

Press Secretary Jen Psaki will today be joined by Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the Secretary of Transportation.

Stay locked in here for updates.

Justin Vallejo9 April 2021 17:14

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BREAKING: Biden creates commission to study adding Supreme Court justices

Joe Biden ordered a 180-day study of the Supreme Court that includes the possibility of adding more justices.

Increasing the number of justices, colloquially known as “packing the court”, could reverse the current conservative majority into a progressive majority, or, depending on the results of future elections, create a supermajority for one side or the other.

The White House said the bi-partisan commission would also look at setting term limits and study “the genesis of the reform debate and the court’s role in the constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the court; the membership and size of the court; and the court’s case selection, rules, and practices”.

Josh Marcus is following the story.

Justin Vallejo9 April 2021 17:01

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Joe Biden proposes annual budget of $1.5trn

The president on Friday…



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