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President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen sets out her priorities for next year.


ICYMI: 🇪🇺 Here's our roundup of what European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in her annual #SOTU address:

🇺🇦 The EU has "risen to the occasion" on the Ukraine war, she said.

"Our response was united, determined and immediate and I think we can be proud of that."
🇷🇺 Russia's industry "is in tatters", VDL said.

She argued that since sanctions have been imposed, three-quarters of Russia's banking sectors were cut off from international markets, the production of cars fell by 75%.
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A vibe running through the timelines.

I think understanding tenets of #Necropolitics is the only way of being able to grapple intellectually with what is going on in here right now.


At #SOTU President waxed on about employees streaming back into downtown centers (translation: hard lobbying from commercial real estate interests).

Realpolitik: The individual worker is an expendable cog. The market must be fed and protected at ALL costs. CDC is co-opted and its ambiguous messaging is meant to lull the currently-functioning worker into a false sense of safety and normalcy.
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$10B to FUND the police! 🚨👮🏻‍♀️

The investment includes $6.5 billion “in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund investments over the past year.” 💵

That figure includes over $2 billion to aide police / reduce crime, and $1 billion to help reduce domestic violence…

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This may be one of the few examples where the Biden Admin has actually done something good… or is it? 🤓💡

The move certainly keeps with his intention to “FUND the police,” which was a theme in his #SOTU address this year… but where?

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Strangely, this move is NOT something seen as a positive by the Left bc, as we know, they are keen to DEFUND the police. 📉⚠️

Conservatives believe this measure is too-little-too-late as crime rates have been SURGING since the beginning of 2021…

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Singer Traci Braxton of 'Braxton Family Values' dies at 50… <--- Pink lipstick. Srsly, how often do women wear that? Uses one eye symbolism. Mentions light, kids. Surprised "heartbreaking" not in it. S'pose they included enough to please the Big Guy.
Another story in which (transgender) sleb is shown wearing pinky-purple lipstick. That is so distinctive, innit? (Also, what do you use to *blow whistle*? Lips, right?) Kid mentioned as well. What are the odds? #symbolism #occultelite Image
At 55, Halle Berry Shows Off Super Toned Legs in Bikini While Skateboarding in New IG Post… <--- We can be thankful she's not 52. Risky age for famous, esp in Australia. In any case, there's heart again in form of Lolita glasses. They look pink too.
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NEW: Democrats see fresh hope for Biden's stalled agenda, pursuing a narrower scope and rebranding it as a push to fight inflation and the deficit.

They've junked "Build Back Better" name and FDRish talk.

And Manchin's demands have gotten more specific.…
A top Manchin priority: undo Trump tax cuts.

"We voted against the 2017 Republican tax cuts. We thought they were weighted unfairly. If you have one thing that you’re all united on, fix it."

He says put half the savings to battling inflation/deficits.…
Schumer drops some hints in a new letter about what's next for "reconciliation." Biden, in his #SOTU, called it "my plan." Senate Democrats sound bullish on the ~$555B clean energy policies, which were negotiated with Manchin's input, as the foundation.…
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How can a State of the Union address change the world? On Now & Then, @HC_Richardson & @jbf1755 spoke on foreign policy in #SOTU speeches. In the Time Machine, I looked at Carter’s 1980 #SOTU, which came weeks after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan:…
On June 3rd, 1979, @washingtonpost political analyst Jim Hoagland wrote an article called “A Carter Doctrine for the Middle East?” You can read the full article here:…
Hoagland argued that the collapse of the Iranian Shah and new tensions between Egypt & Saudi Arabia pushed the U.S. to militarily protect oil access in the Persian Gulf. The article included this very forthright Uncle Sam Cartoon by @BobBarkin:
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Navin Nayak: I think overall the State of the Union speech was a strong moment for Pres. Biden. He touted the successes of the last year & talked about how much there is yet to do. He reframed Build Back Better as lowering costs for families.
@amprog @CAPAction #StateOfTheUnion
Navin Nayak: Pres. Biden laid out the provisions of Build Back Better without saying those words.
Rick: I've been saying for a while he needs to lose the catch words & explain how it would make people's lives better.
@amprog @CAPAction #StateOfTheUnion #SOTU
Navin Nayak: Another powerful moment was the young boy in the audience & reminding people we can do something about lowering drug costs & capping insulin costs at $35/month. What a savings that would be for people who depend on insulin.
@amprog @CAPAction #StateOfTheUnion #SOTU
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1/ THREAD: After President Biden mentioned "cops who walk the beat, who know the neighborhood, and who can restore trust and safety" in his SOTU Address, Merrick Garland displayed a #Microexpression of a Suppressed Smile.

#BodyLanguage #BodyLanguageExpert #SOTU
2/ Merrick Garland also exhibited a significantly high frequency of blinking while the camera was on him (he probably thought he was on camera during certain key times).
3/ Increased blinking frequency (above one's baseline normal rate) is a strong indicator of nonspecific anxiety (it's not correlated more strongly with honest anxiety or dishonest anxiety).

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1/ It was good to see @POTUS address the mental health epidemic in his #SOTU . But if we want any chance at meeting this huge and growing need, we need accessible and scalable solutions that don’t discriminate on race or socioeconomic status.
2/ In addition to conventional treatments like therapy, we need treatments that target underlying conditions, not just symptomatology. Major advances in digital therapeutics make this possible and without the serious side effects of many prescription drugs.
3/ As I’ve said before, if software can have damaging effects on our brain chemistry, why can’t it also help us reverse them? Digital therapeutics can be a breakthrough part of this solution.
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Hello to all my new followers after last night’s #SOTU - I’m the founder of @OpePac (give them a follow too!), a 2018 candidate for Iowa Senate, and a recent graduate of the @DrakeUniversity Master of Arts in Communication & Public Policy. Life long Iowan and mom of three. 1/
I tweet a lot about #iowa politics, #education #mentalhealth #LGBTQ #metoo and #GunViolencePrevention I’m a lifelong Iowan and I’m devastated by what @KimReynoldsIA has done to our state.
Give me a shout out and let me know where you’re from! I’m glad you’re here! 3/
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My answer to if Black Americans are doing enough to help #Ukraine
Yesterday 👇🏾 I said I would be watching #SOTU 2C how the needs of Black Americans would be addressed (the same way Biden had a SPECIFIC message 4 Black ppl when he ran) whenever it comes down to money for Black ppl like #Reparations it's no but Ukraine will receive BILLIONS
Part 3 The question was asked if Black people should do more in #Ukraine since everyone marched for Black people in 2020. My response
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From a friend in Texas. Borrowed with permission. #SOTU

"Speaking as a layman with some years of social interaction with folks in the oil bidness... "
"If Biden GREEN FLAGGED the Keystone pipeline, the market would know that at a date certain in the fairly near future, supply of oil and fuel would increase greatly.
"That future decrease in price, which accompanies an increase in supply, would be factored in by people who trade the contracts for future delivery.
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A thought about Boebert and MTG, inspired by my mother-in-law.

Recently, my MIL recounted a “hilarious” story to my husband. It involved her other son getting into a screaming match with an airport security guy. 1/
During the screaming- where my brother-in-law used some racist slurs and was totally at fault- my formerly mild-mannered in-laws were laughing. They were proud to have upset an apparent immigrant trying to do his job. 2/
All the horror that the rest of us feel about the idiot twins showing disrespect during the #SOTU is not felt by people suckered into the cult of hate. I’m sure they think it was hysterical at the least, laudable at the best. /end
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🧵 on Biden's gaslighting campaign during #SOTU2022.
"Last year COVID-19 kept us apart. This year we are finally together again."

COVID-19 didn't keep people apart. Democratic Party lockdowns and mandates did.
"We spent months building a coalition of other freedom-loving nations from Europe and the Americas to Asia and Africa to confront Putin. I spent countless hours unifying our European allies."

Joe Biden didn't unify anyone, Europe were leading the way on the response.
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🧵 Fact-checking Joe Biden's #SOTU comments on the #UkraineRussianWar.
"He thought the West and NATO wouldn’t respond. And he thought he could divide us at home. Putin was wrong. We were ready."

We weren't ready.
"We prepared extensively and carefully [for the Russian invasion]."

No, we didn't.
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After antics at #SOTU, I remind you the predictably-craven GOP leadership initially backed Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert’s male GOP opponents because party leaders thought the two women were extremists who did not stand a chance in primaries.…
MTG was dangerous & vile long before she was elected but because much of her vileness was directed at Muslims, Black people, and Jews, the GOP shrugged & carried on being craven shits they are,happy to throw their weight behind anyone who brings them votes…
MTG & Boebert, like Trump, are not aberrations. They are fruition of GOP’s reliance on race, gender, and religion to keep white people in several parts of the U.S. - including the South - resolutely Republican and increasingly right wing.…
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We partnered with @CBSNewsPoll to ask #SOTU viewers what they thought of President Biden’s speech last night.

78% of speech watchers approved of his address with 71% feeling that he laid out a policy plan to deal with Russia effectively 👇… ImageImage
@CBSNewsPoll Before the #SOTU began, 48% of viewers said they felt Biden’s policies would help lower inflation. By the end of his speech, 64% felt that way. Image
@CBSNewsPoll Data from past #SOTU’s show that viewers are most likely to belong from the president’s own political party.

49% of viewers last night identified themselves as Democrats, 15 points higher than in our nationally rep. sample from polling released earlier this week with @CBSNews. Image
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.@POTUS @JoeBiden gave a powerful #SOTU speech taking on Putin and pointing to a range of critical national priorities. History will remember the cause of freedom much longer than anything about the Fed’s fund rate.
Unfortunately, just as losing weight is almost entirely about eating fewer calories, controlling inflation is largely about managing deficits and monetary policy.
That depends on paying for new spending, including the sizable defense increases that are likely necessary in the current security environment. And it depends on strong anti-inflationary monetary policies.
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For months we saw approval ratings of @POTUS shrink & a Red wave was predicted by poll pandits. What followed aftermath is real game changer. #JoeBiden’s tough stance on #Russia, imposing sanctions, undivided support to #Ukraine might go well with Dems in upcoming midterms. #SOTU
@POTUS’s #StateOfTheUnionAddress clearly hints at Democrats pushing Russia-Ukraine as their agenda in the midterms.

A sizeable European & #Ukraine population reside in key battleground states (Ohio has country's 5th-highest population of Ukrainians) who can swing this election
But its not going to be a cake walk. A Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey found 37% of Americans were confident in the administration's ability to effectively counter Russia, while 63% said they were not confident. Long road ahead for #Democrats
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heading into the club
seeing no masks in an image like this will take some getting used to
first time two women have flanked POTUS at SOTU
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BREAKING: 78% of voters approved of President Biden’s #SOTU speech, per @CBSNews.
64% of voters now believe his plans will help combat inflation, compared to 48% before.
71% of voters believe that he will deal with the Russia situation effectively.
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Editorial: The Supreme Court can’t pretend that overturning Roe vs. Wade would be anything but political (via @latimesopinion)…
Opinion: Will the 49th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade be the last one? Abortion rights are under assault (via @latimesopinion)…
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Some quick policy comments on the immigration section in #SOTU. Biden actually laid out a clear vision of what he's going to do with immigration, but you won't catch it if you focus on it from a domestic perspective because it's very much a regional engagement strategy with LatAm
If you look at last year's speech before Congress, you can see that addressing root causes of migration was the major plank for regional engagement. While the administration has continued forward, tonight's speech showed a significant shift towards border externalization
In addition to noting the joint work with Guatemala and Mexico on human smuggling, the speech made it clear the admin is relying on other countries to control migration and receive asylum seekers, a strategy that stretches back at least to the Obama admin with the 2014 UAC crisis
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Vladimir Putin “badly miscalculated” with his invasion of Ukraine, Biden said in his first #SOTU address on Tuesday, calling the Russian leader a “dictator” and warning that the war will leave his country weaker
In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, Biden asked the audience for his speech to stand. Many lawmakers and guests held Ukrainian flags
Though the war in Ukraine forced the White House to recast Biden’s speech, he spent less than 10 minutes discussing the conflict and Putin before turning to the issue Americans care most about: the economic hardships of the pandemic
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