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DeSantis parts with Trump in response to Surfside tragedy

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According to this article on Associated Press, by BOBBY CAINA CALVAN and STEVEN SLOAN

“SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — When the coronavirus ravaged Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis defiantly bucked mask mandates. He later cracked down on protesters advocating racial justice, blasted President Joe Biden on immigration, jumped into the fight over transgender athletes and signed sweeping legislation to toughen voting rules.

But after a deadly building collapse, the Republican governor is largely hitting pause on the culture wars.

In the two weeks since a 12-story condo tower in this coastal community suddenly crumbled, killing at least 64 people, DeSantis has stood somberly with local officials, including Democrats, as they assessed the damage. He nodded in agreement when Biden visited and hailed their joint appearance as a sign that those with opposing political views can work together in a crisis. And he even skipped a rally in Sarasota headlined by former President Donald Trump, whose early endorsement was crucial in helping DeSantis win the governor’s race in 2018.”

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Mexico rejects any effort to reinstate ‘remain in Mexico’ policy for asylum-seekers

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According to this article on ABC News, by Armando Garcia and Quinn Owen

” Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday it rejects any effort to reimplement the controversial Trump-era policy known as “remain in Mexico” for asylum-seekers.

The policy, officially named the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP), requires some asylum-seekers to be sent back to Mexico during immigration proceedings.

In December, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk halted the Biden administration’s latest attempt to end the program while a legal challenge, launched by Texas and Missouri aimed at forcing its reinstatement, is considered in court.”

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Here are the key issues to watch for in Biden’s State of the Union

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According to this article on NPR, by Domenico Montanaro

“The State of the Union represents a chance for the president to address the nation on where he thinks the country stands, where it is headed and what his priorities are ahead of an expected announcement that he will officially run for reelection.

But President Biden, who turned 80 this past November, has quite the task ahead of him. Despite an unemployment rate that is the lowest since 1969, Americans continue to be in a sour mood about the direction of the country. Two-thirds say it is headed in the wrong direction, and a majority disapproves of the job Biden is doing as president.

That’s true not just on the economy and inflation, but on issues ranging from crime and guns to immigration and the war in Ukraine.”

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In divided nation, Americans do agree on this: Biden should talk about economy — CBS News poll

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According to this article on CBS News, by Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna

“The state of our union is … ?

We asked people to describe it, and received some dour assessments: they picked “divided” most of all, followed by “declining” and “weak.” Few picked adjectives “strong,” or — amid tough economic ratings — “prospering.”

These aren’t just one-sided partisan points. Partisans share the sense of division and decline more than prosperity. It is in part a function of such dire views of the economy and inflation right now.

In all, it’s a tough environment for a president addressing Congress and the nation.”

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