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Joe Biden to discuss Russia-Ukraine war in video call with allies – live | US politics


Martin Pengelley

An attempt to bar the far-right Republican Marjorie TaylorGreene from Congress over her support for the January 6 attack can proceed, a federal judge said on Monday.

citing “a whirlpool of colliding constitutional interests of public import”, amy totenberg of the northern district of Georgia felt the challenge on to a state hearing on Friday.

A coalition of liberal groups is behind the challenge against the congresswoman, citing the 14th amendment to the US constitution, passed after the civil war.

The amendment says: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath … to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”



Martin Pengelley

Martin Pengelley

Joe Biden have told Barack Obama he will run for re-election in 2024, accordingly to a Washington website, the Hill.

The site cited two anonymous sources. One was quoted as saying Biden “wants to run and he’s clearly letting everyone know”.

It was not clear when Biden told Obama his plans. But Obama visited the White House earlier this month, to celebrate the Affordable Care Act.

Introducing his host, Obama called him “Vice-President Biden”.

“That was a joke,” he said, to laughter.

According to books and reportage about the 2020 campaign, Obama doubted whether Biden could win.

Edward Isaac Dovereauthor of Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump, reports: “Obama was doubtful about [Biden’s] prospects. He didn’t think Biden could be a disciplined enough candidate.”

Dovere also says Obama doubted Biden’s stamina for the race, was not sure he had the requisite “swagger” for an American president, and worried his vice-president had “trouble … connecting with crowds”.

But Dovere also quotes Jen Psakinow Biden’s White House press secretary, as saying Obama “undervalued Biden’s political abilities because they had such different styles”.



Biden to discuss Ukraine with allies and partners

Ahoy there, live blog readers. Let’s get started.

Joe Biden will kick off his day in the Situation Room at the White House, on a secure video call with allies and partners to discuss Ukraine and Russia.

This comes as Russian troops seized the city of Kreminna in east Ukraine, as the battle for the donbas region begins. Reminder that we have a live updates on the conflict here on our Ukraine live blog.

After the secure video call, Biden will head to New Hampshire to talk infrastructurea key part of Democratic messaging as midterm elections loom … and as polling continues to show worrying signs of a Republican takeover of Congress.

There is also a report out this morning that Biden has told Barack Obama he will run again in 2024.

There was also news overnight from Georgia, that a challenge seeking to bar Marjorie TaylorGreene from office can proceed.

Much more to eat.

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