Deep Dive (March 19): Biden and Putin Face Off in Escalating War of Words

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin trade barbs in TV interviews this week. As the rhetoric escalates between the two leaders, Russia pulls its top diplomat from the United States. Biden threatens sanctions. Putin, meanwhile, challenged Biden to a public debate. He told Russian state TV, “I want to propose to President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do it basically live, as it’s called. Without any delays and directly in an open, direct discussion.”

The House passed two immigration bills—mostly along party lines. Democrats say passing the bills is the compassionate thing to do, but Republicans are concerned the bills grant amnesty to criminals and would prolong the border surge. One bill would offer a pathway to citizenship to those who entered the country illegally as children and are currently living in the United States. The same bill would also help immigrants in the country who received temporary migration protections.

The White House accidentally refers to the border situation as a crisis. And reporters complain about a lack of transparency on the border.

What did John Quincy Adams have to say about America and foreign policy? On July 4, 1821, then-Secretary of State Adams laid out his vision for American foreign policy. He said, “[America’s] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her Declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.”

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