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Written by on April 29, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) On his 100th day in office, President Biden traveled to Georgia, where he is meeting with former president Jimmy Carter before holding a drive-in car rally to tout the early successes of his White House tenure.

His trip Thursday is part of a blitz of travel by senior administration officials, including Vice President Harris, to continue the sales pitch for an ambitious agenda laid out by Biden on Wednesday in his first address to a joint session of Congress. Harris visited a vaccination site in Baltimore on Thursday.

2) Federal investigators on Wednesday seized cellphones and computers from Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who became President Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer, stepping up a criminal investigation into Mr. Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, three people with knowledge of the investigation said.

F.B.I. agents executed search warrants around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan, carting away the electronic devices, Mr. Giuliani confirmed in a statement.

3) In an era of political “firsts,” Wednesday evening offered one of the most symbolic when, for the first time, two women flanked an American president on the dais of the House Chamber as he delivered an address to a joint session of Congress.

President Biden’s remarks focused on his first 100 days in office, the sweeping infrastructure proposals he’s unveiled and the January 6 attacks at the U.S. Capitol. But it’s the moment that formally launches the proceedings that may be most enduring.

According to protocol, Vice President Kamala Harris called the proceedings to order and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally introduced Mr. Biden to Congress as president for the first time. It’s a moment that lasts a few seconds and usually isn’t seen by the global television audience. But it was the pinnacle of a remarkable rise for two political figures from California’s Bay Area.

4) A North Carolina Superior Court judge denied a request by Pasquotank County officials and nearly two dozen media outlets Wednesday to release officer body camera footage of the death of Andrew Brown, Jr., a Black man who was shot and killed last week in Elizabeth City while trying to drive away from officers.

Judge Jeff Foster issued the ruling midday Wednesday, saying that the footage could be disclosed to the family and one attorney within 10 days, but that the full video would not be released to them for at least 30 to 45 days, according to reports.

In his ruling, Foster said releasing the video could put the safety of deputies involved at risk and also potentially affect any future trial proceedings, the Washington Post reported.

Today’s Guests:

1) Col. Allen West, Chairman of the Texas Republican Party – calls in the state of affairs in the Republican Party and the nation as a whole.

2) Steve Konos, Ringside Politics Creative Director; Ringside Politics Parody of the Week – joins the show to share and discuss his weekly political parody.

3) Josh Bernstein, Ringside All-Star – joins the show to opine with callers and discuss the events of the week.