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x/ During his first State of the Union speech, Biden condemned President Vladimir Putin, called on the world to support Ukraine, and made his case to Americans that his administration is working to overcome the coronavirus pandemic and return to a time of prosperity and normalcy. The first half of the hourlong speech focused on the war in Europe, while the second half was mostly about Biden’s domestic agenda. Biden said Putin “badly miscalculated” when he invaded Ukraine, and that he would make Putin “pay a price” for attacking Russia’s neighbor. “’He thought he could roll into Ukraine and the world would roll over,” Biden said. “Instead, he met with a wall of strength he never anticipated or imagined. He met the Ukrainian people.” There were several instances of bipartisan applause throughout the speech, but also moments where members of the GOP — Reps. Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene — interrupted or heckled Biden, including while Biden was reflecting on the life of his late son, Beau. Biden also renewed his calls for Congress to pass pieces of the failed “Build Back Better” domestic policy agenda, including expanded child care, elder care, prekindergarten education, climate change initiatives and prescription-drug price cuts. (New York Times / Rolling Stone / Daily Beast / New York Times / NPR / The Independent / Washington Post)

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Jan. 6 panel: Trump “may have engaged in criminal acts” to overturn election

The Jan. 6 select committee said it believes former President Trump “may have engaged in criminal acts” to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to court documents.

Driving the news: The committee investigating the Capitol riot alleges that Trump and his campaign tried to illegally obstruct Congress’ counting of electoral votes by pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to delay the count.

  • The Select Committee said in the court filing it “also has a good-faith basis for concluding that the President and members of his Campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” according to the court documents.

The big picture: The documents were filed in response to John Eastman, one of Trump’s former lawyers, who is withholding documents citing attorney-client privilege.

  • Eastman allegedly tried to convince Pence that he could overturn the election results.
  • “We believe evidence in our possession justifies review of these documents,” said Jan. 6 panel chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) and vice-chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) in a joint statement.
  • “The facts we’ve gathered strongly suggest that Dr. Eastman’s emails may show that he helped Donald Trump advance a corrupt scheme to obstruct the counting of electoral college ballots and a conspiracy to impede the transfer of power.”

Details: The court documents included depositions from aides who worked for Trump and Pence.

  • It described Trump as a president who continued to spread false claims about election fraud and mislead the public.
  • The former president then allegedly pushed his advisers to come up with ways to overturn election results, Politico writes.

Flashback: Trump had previously accused the Jan. 6 committee of “seeking evidence of criminal activity.”

Of note: Pence said in February that Trump “was wrong about overturning the 2020 elections.”


China Asked Russia to Delay Ukraine War Until After Olympics, U.S. Officials Say

A Western intelligence report indicates that Chinese officials had some level of direct knowledge about President Vladimir V. Putin’s war plans or intentions.


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