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Joe Biden eviscerated as royal protocol breach undermines ‘statesman’ image

Royal commentator reveals details of Queen’s meeting with Biden

The US President had a private meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday, when she hosted him at Windsor Castle for tea and an inspection of the guard. Their conversation, which took place after several days of hard negotiations at the G7 summit in Cornwall, should have stayed private, as is protocol when meeting the Queen. Instead, Mr Biden revealed to the press that the Queen had asked him about Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

This breach of protocol is the same mistake made by his predecessor Donald Trump, who told ITV’s Good Morning Britain the Queen had described Brexit as “complex”.

However, making this mistake is particularly embarrassing for Mr Biden, it has been argued, because his image is one of a statesman who has been in politics for a long time, so he should know better.

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.

This week, the Mirror’s deputy political editor Ben Glaze chimed in to discuss the overlap with royal and political news.

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Joe Biden and Queen Elizabeth ii (Image: GETTY)

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Queen chatting to the Bidens (Image: GETTY)

He pointed out that when UK politicians like David Cameron and Boris Johnson have slipped up and revealed what the Queen said to them in private meetings, they were rightly told off.

He argued that it should be no different for the US President and that, given how long Mr Biden has been in politics, he should really know his way around international protocol by now.

Mr Glaze said: “Yeah, I mean we all know what the protocol is with the meeting with the Queen, you don’t chat about it

“David Cameron once blurted out that the Queen purred down the line after he told her that Scotland had voted to stay in the Union.

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Mr Biden made the same mistake as Donald Trump after his meeting with Her Majesty (Image: GETTY)

“Boris Johnson, I can’t remember exactly what he said, but he revealed details of a conversation with the Queen ‒ and we all had a go at them.

“Now it’s a US President doing it, we should also have a go at him.

“Whether he wasn’t aware… but bearing in mind that Uncle Joe’s thing has always been that he’s a statesman.

“He’s been in US politics for decades, he should know his way around international protocol in that you don’t go splamming off about a meeting with Her Majesty.

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The Queen with Joe and Jill Biden (Image: GETTY)

“Whether or not he didn’t know that, maybe, whether or not he’d forgotten it, maybe.”

Mr Glaze suggested that one possible alternative explanation is that Mr Biden was aware of the protocol but felt like he had to “throw the US media a bone”.

He explained that the American press pack had not enjoyed their visit at all and had been complaining about access.

Perhaps, he argued, Mr Biden was simply trying to satisfy his own journalists.

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The Queen hosted Joe Biden at Windsor Castle (Image: GETTY)

The deputy political editor also suggested that Mr Biden may have slipped up because he “let his guard down”.

He has a gruelling schedule of important international meetings ‒ several days at the G7 doing “high brow politics”, followed by his first NATO summit and a bilateral meeting with Mr Putin.

His meeting with the Queen must have felt like a bit of a breather between these huge events, and maybe that’s why he made the mistake.

Mr Myers said he thinks it is “extraordinary” that the only thing Mr Biden would report is that she asked him about Putin and Xi, when he could have reported back about something far more inconsequential.

He said: “I thought that was pretty tricky to be honest because he’s just revealed a private conversation with the Queen that no other media should have been briefed on

“And again very very interesting that literally the one thing that he said she had asked him was about two of the most troublesome world leaders.”

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Oregon House Ejects Mike Nearman for Aiding State Capitol Breach

Lawmakers in Oregon ejected one of their colleagues from office for the first time in state history late Thursday night, voting 59 to 1 to oust Representative Mike Nearman for his role in helping a far-right crowd breach the State Capitol in December.

Mr. Nearman, who was the only no vote, had faced rising pressure from his Republican colleagues to resign from office this week, days after newly surfaced video showed him apparently coaching people on how they might get inside the closed Capitol. Previous security footage had showed how Mr. Nearman exited the building where protesters had gathered, allowing them inside and setting off a confrontation with law enforcement officers.

Mr. Nearman, who faces misdemeanor charges for his actions, said on Thursday that legislative leaders should have never excluded the public from the Capitol — a decision that was a coronavirus precaution. But Democrats said Mr. Nearman had shown a complete disregard for the rule of law and the principles of democracy.

“His actions were blatant and deliberate, and he has shown no remorse for jeopardizing the safety of every person in the Capitol that day,” Speaker Tina Kotek, a Democrat, said in a statement after the vote.

The case had striking similarities to the U.S. Capitol siege that unfolded a couple of weeks later. Although the crowd in Salem was smaller, it was filled with Trump supporters waving flags, far-right agitators wearing body armor, and people chanting for punishment: “Arrest Kate Brown,” they shouted, referring to Oregon’s Democratic governor.

But while Republicans in Congress have resisted major actions in the Capitol siege — recently rejecting a plan for an independent commission — G.O.P. lawmakers in Oregon coalesced in recent days around the idea that Mr. Nearman needed to go. Each of his colleagues joined in a letter this week calling for his resignation.

The House Republican leader, Christine Drazan, said Mr. Nearman had indiscriminately allowed violent protesters into the building. Representative Bill Post, a Republican who said he was one of Mr. Nearman’s closest colleagues, wrote a message explaining that Mr. Nearman had lied to him personally and to other Republican colleagues about whether there was evidence that opening the door had been planned.

“That plan put at risk lawmakers, staff and police officers inside of the building,” Mr. Post wrote.

In the video that surfaced last week, apparently streamed online in the days before the Dec. 21 breach, Mr. Nearman coyly repeats his own cellphone number, suggesting that anyone trying to enter the Capitol could text him.

“That is just random numbers that I spewed out. That’s not anybody’s actual cellphone,” Mr. Nearman said in the footage. “And if you say, ‘I’m at the West entrance’ during the session and text to that number there, that somebody might exit that door while you’re standing there. But I don’t know anything about that.”

Author: Mike Baker
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'Maddison's breach could cost him Man Utd move – like I missed out on Celtic'

Brendan Rodgers was absolutely right to leave James Maddison, Hamza Choudhury and Ayoze Perez out of Leicester’s clash with West Ham.

And what I want to know is how many blinkin’ times do these lads need telling?

Maddison is only 24, yet that’s two blots on his copybook already with the casino incident.

And even though I love his swagger, and the fact he’s cocky and confident, the issue now is that it’s not just Rodgers withdrawing him from a huge game that he has to worry about.

That’s because those in positions of power at Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid will be taking note, too, and that’s not what he wants at this stage of a promising career.

James Maddison of Leicester City reacts as he looks to be injured during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park on February 21, 2021 in Birmingham, England.
James Maddison was forced to miss Leicester’s defeat to West Ham due to a Covid breach

A lot of my issues and trusting the wrong people came a bit later, between 27 and 30.

And I know they cost me because I was told by a number of scouts and managers that they’d be looking at me but the question marks stopped them taking a chance.

I spoke to Martin O’Neill about Celtic when I was done in England and I’d have loved to have gone there, but he didn’t sign me because he was worried how I’d react under the spotlight in Glasgow.

So I guarantee that, with respect to Leicester, people will be asking, ‘If Maddison has now popped up twice there, what would he be like in Manchester or London?’

The message I’d like to send him, then, is, ‘Look, James, I’ve been where you are, you’re a good-looking boy, you have disposable income, you’re a good footballer and there are temptations, but you have to keep your eye on the prize’.

Maddison’s reputations is sky high on the field

Because, for the sake of a day or night out, these things can easily delay what a player wants to achieve by a year or two, or in extreme cases for ever.

I’m certain Maddison will want to be at the Euros and next year’s World Cup, and the midfield is the most competitive area of England’s squad.

So Gareth Southgate might look at it and say, ‘You know what, I’ll take a good Steady Eddie instead because, being away for a month, what’s to say he won’t decide to drag a Jadon Sancho or Phil Foden out to a bar one night?’

When I was at Liverpool, I wasn’t part of the Spice Boys group because I didn’t live in the city and had my own set of mates, but we all got caught up in it.

And when I or we did go out, we’d often be in the same bars, restaurants and clubs as the Manchester United boys, but the difference was they were winning trophies so nobody said a thing about them.

There’s always a time and a place to let down your hair in football, and during lockdown, if players wanted a few drinks they could have done it with team-mates in the players’ lounge.

And while some of you will say there have been plenty of twenty-somethings getting together for a drink this past year — and I get that, they’re young, they make mistakes — people don’t give two hoots about most of them.

About the likes of Maddison, though, they do, particularly recruitment specialists.

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Second Breach Possible in Leaking Florida Reservoir, Officials Say

Additional pumps were expected to come online on Monday, which Mr. Hopes said would more than double the rate at which water was being taken out of the reservoir, to 75 million to 100 million gallons a day from 35 million gallons on Monday morning.

“You can see how we can more rapidly deplete the volume in a retaining pool, which is at greater — greatest — risk,” Mr. Hopes said, adding that by the end of Monday, the county expected to have a clearer picture of the situation.

Dale Rucker[1], chief technical officer for hydroGEOPHYSICS Inc., a company in Tucson, Ariz., that offers geophysical services to the environmental, engineering, mining and oil and gas industries, said Florida officials were facing extraordinary circumstances. Customarily, he said, the discharge of so much wastewater would require permits, environmental assessments and public input.

“Unfortunately, they did not have that luxury this time,” Mr. Rucker said. “Beating the clock is a big factor here. I imagine they are making difficult decisions under high duress that they would not normally make.”

As the authorities battled the leak, which appeared to have been caused by a tear in a liner, Mr. Rucker said officials also had to be concerned with a weakening of the earthen impoundment holding back the water, likening that dynamic to what happened to the levees in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

“The Achilles’ heel of any containment system is water,” Mr. Rucker said.

Mr. Rucker said it was possible that the reservoir might not be heavily contaminated, noting that he had read reports that ducks and fish were spotted in the reservoir. Still, Mr. Rucker said he hoped the water was being discharged into multiple bodies of water, so that not just one would be overloaded with nutrients that could be harmful to fish and plants.

As climate change brings more intense rains, Mr. Rucker said, consideration must be made for how such reservoirs are designed.


  1. ^ Dale Rucker (www.hgiworld.com)

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Amazon union vote count to start for Alabama warehouse

The contentious unionization vote at Amazon’s Alabama warehouse is pushing forward with ballots set to be tabulated starting this week. Fallout from what has become known as the SolarWinds breach continued with news of hackers reportedly breaching email accounts of top Department of Homeland Security officials. Meanwhile, a former Google executive on Monday launched a new tech coalition backed by some of the top companies in the industry amid mounting scrutiny from Washington.

TALLY THEM UP: Ballots will start being counted this week in the unionization vote at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., marking a critical step in one of the most significant union elections of the last decade.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will start tabulating the ballots cast by more than 5,800 workers from the warehouse on Tuesday, but the final vote tally may take a week or more to be tabulated and any party is allowed to file objections within five days of the vote count which may delay the issuance of a final tally of ballots.

Amazon has largely fended off unionization challenges in the U.S., but the battle in Bessemer — which has garnered a spotlight in Washington since ballots went out in early February — could lead to the first Amazon union in the U.S.

Amid the unionization push, Amazon has publicly defended its working conditions. Much of the company’s messaging has centered on the $ 15 wage it has offered workers since 2018, which is above the federal minimum wage.

“Our employees know the truth — starting wages of $ 15 or more, health care from day one, and a safe and inclusive workplace. We encouraged all of our employees to vote and hope they did so,” Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener said in a statement.

Read more about union vote count[5]

MORE BAD CYBER NEWS: Hackers involved in what has become known as the SolarWinds breach accessed email accounts of top officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) along with other personal information of senior federal officials, The Associated Press reported Monday.


According to the AP, former acting DHS Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfBiden should improve on Obama’s effort to protect unaccompanied children Juan Williams: GOP underplays white racist terrorism Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues MORE[8][9][10][11][12]‘s email account was breached as part of the wide-reaching effort by suspected Russian hackers, along with the email accounts of DHS employees responsible for carrying out cybersecurity activities. [6][7]

The incident, which is one of the largest cybersecurity breaches in U.S. history, also reportedly allowed the hackers to access the private schedules of former Energy Secretary Dan Brouilette and other senior officials at the agency. A spokesperson for the Department of Energy told The Hill the agency “has found no evidence the network that maintains senior officials’ schedules was compromised.”

A spokesperson for DHS did not directly confirm the extent of the breach Monday, but told The Hill in a statement that “a small number of employees’ accounts were targeted.”

The Biden administration has been quick to emphasize the importance of cybersecurity. Emily Horne, spokesperson for the White House’s National Security Council, said in a statement provided to The Hill on Monday that “cybersecurity is a top priority for the Biden administration.”

Read more here. [13]

TECH’S NEW COALITION: A former Google executive is launching a new tech coalition that brings together some of the nation’s top companies amid increased regulatory scrutiny in Washington.

The new group called Chamber of Progress includes tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Buer and Grubhub. It was launched by Google’s former public policy head Adam Kovacevich.

“It’s pretty clear that the tech industry’s political honeymoon is over — and there are some big questions for policymakers about how do you make sure that all Americans benefit from high tech advancements and how do we make sure the tech industry operates fairly and responsibly,” Kovacevich told The Hill. “Another way of putting that is, will tech’s future be as progressive as its past? That’s the big question that our organization will be focused on.”

Kovacevich described the industry coalition as “center-left.”

“What it means is that we care about progressive goals, and we’re not reflexively anti-business,” he said.

Read more about the coalition. [14]

UNDERSEA INVESTMENT: Facebook and Google are investing in new undersea internet cables that will run between California and Southeast Asia in an effort to boost internet speed and reliability, the companies announced Monday.

Facebook said it will invest in two new subsea cables, Echo and Bifrost, and Google said it will be investing in Echo. The projects are subject to regulatory approvals.[15][16]

Echo and Bifrost will connect Singapore, Indonesia and North America.


The two companies touted the projects as helping to bring reliable internet access around the world.

Read more here[17]

Lighter click: Maybe in another two[18]

An op-ed to chew on: To build lasting digital equity, look to communities [19]


‘Vaccine passports’ are on the way, but developing them won’t be easy (The Washington Post / Dan Diamond, Lena H. Sun and Isaac Stanley-Becker) [20]


Former prisoners struggle to re-enter society. What happens when society moves online? (NBC / Alexandra Marquez) [21]

Why This Teen Walked Away From Millions of TikTok Followers (Motherboard / Samantha Cole) [22]

Big Tech defenders dominate the country’s top group of antitrust lawyers (Protocol / Emily Birnbaum) [23]

Australia investigates reported hacks aimed at Parliament, media (CyberScoop / Shannon Vavra)[24]

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