RINGSIDE POLITICS – JUNE 22, 2021
Written by WGSO Producer on June 22, 2021
Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere
Today’s Hot Topics:
1) President Joe Biden responded Friday to a controversial new plan advanced this week by Catholic bishops, which would recommend guidelines for bishops to refuse giving politicians in favor of abortion communion.
Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, would be among those the church would recommend not serving communion due to his pro-choice stance.
“That’s a private matter and I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Biden, 78, said Friday, when asked if he was concerned about the measure and whether it signaled a rift in the Catholic church.
2) A New Jersey school board has reversed plans to remove all holiday names from their school calendar after parents expressed outrage at an emergency meeting on the decision.
The Randolph Board of Education voted 8-1 Monday to reinstate the holidays after dozens of members of the community voiced outrage during the public comment portion of the meeting.
Tom Tatem, a Randolph Township father of four who created a petition demanding school board members resign, and James Jacobi, a Randolph Township father of three, told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that the victory should be a lesson in transparency for towns across America.
3) “Miracle on Ice” captain Mike Eruzione, who helped defeat the Soviet Union hockey team in 1980 in one of the greatest upsets in sports history, joined “Fox & Friends” Tuesday after BMX alternate Chelsea Wolfe said in a now-deleted Facebook post that she would burn the flag if she were to win a gold medal.
Eruzione was baffled by the remark and said he thought it was “a prank.” He then spoke about the meaning of competing in the Olympics representing the United States.
“It’s the ultimate honor, it’s not a Super Bowl or a World Series or a Stanley Cup. This is the United States. You represent every part of this country,” he said.
4) Some of President Biden’s top advisers are heading to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to continue negotiations on a bipartisan infrastructure package, meeting in person with a coalition of senators who unveiled a nearly $1 trillion framework two weeks ago.
The Biden team includes Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council; Steve Ricchetti, a counselor to the president; and Lousia Terrell, the White House’s legislative affairs director, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Although the two sides have inched closer in recent weeks toward striking an agreement, they remain fiercely divided over how to pay for it. The coalition of 21 senators have floated several possibilities to fund their proposal, including repurposing coronavirus relief funds, closing the tax gap, using leftover unemployment insurance money from the 26 states that are prematurely opting out of a federal relief program and raising the federal gas tax.
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