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Written by on June 15, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) Thursday marks the 43rd anniversary of perhaps the greatest – and certainly most patriotic – save in the history of Dodgers Stadium.

On April 25, 1976, the Los Angeles Dodgers were hosting a home game against the Chicago Cubs when, as the bottom of the fourth inning began, two fans suddenly ran onto the field — with an American flag, lighter fluid and matches.

As the protesters attempted to ignite the stars and stripes, legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully exclaimed, “It looks like he’s gonna burn a flag!”

2) President Biden plans to press Vladimir Putin in their upcoming meeting to rein in ransomware attacks launched from Russian soil. He is expected to demand that Russia withdraw from Ukraine. He will almost certainly tell the Russian president to stop interfering in U.S. elections.

But those demands raise a question that is vexing U.S. policymakers and the United States’ European allies: What happens if Putin ignores the demands, as he has signaled he will do?

Michael McFaul, who was U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, said that more must come out of Wednesday’s face-to-face meeting than a simple discussion. But Putin is unlikely to agree substantially to cutting back his aggressive activities, diplomats say, and may not even acknowledge that they’re occurring.

“It would be nice to have a ‘stable relationship,’ ” McFaul said, using a phrase favored by the administration. “But when that fails, you need to have a fallback Plan B.”

3) Vice President Kamala Harris visited Greenville Monday to encourage South Carolina residents to get themselves and their families vaccinated.

“Vaccination gives protection,” she said. “This act, in a way, is a projection of love thy neighbor,” she said to a crowd of over 150 volunteers and local Democratic officials at Greenville’s Phillis Whitley Community Center.

The volunteers, many of whom where associated with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, had been canvassing and mobilizing communities to get their shots.

Harris’ stop in the state is part of a national effort by the Biden administration to vaccinate 70% of American adults by July 4.

4) A Black mother slammed critical race theory (CRT) on Thursday, telling the Florida Board of Education that it was teaching hate and ruining the “greatest country in the world.”

“Just coming off of May 31, marking the 100 years [since] the Tulsa riots, it is sad that we are even contemplating something like critical race theory, where children will be separated by their skin color and deemed permanently oppressors or oppressed in 2021,” said mom Quisha King.

King’s comments came after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the school board to pass a rule banning CRT and associated ideas in schools.

Today’s Guests:

1) Michelle Hirstius, Author and Commentator, Ringside Politics All-Star

2) Braden Boucek – Director of Litigation, Southeastern Legal Foundation

3) Raphaelle O’Neil – guerilla journalist, writer, public speaker and project manager