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Biden to address Ukraine, Inflation, and SCOTUS nomination at State of the Union

In his first State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Biden is expected to address Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, rising inflation rates in the US, and the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court Justice.

Ukraine will figure a lot on President Joe Biden’ State of the Union speech tomorrow evening. The annual address comes as the world seems increasingly chaotic. With foreign tensions and inflation rising, there’s a lot for Biden to talk about and also, his historic supreme court nomination. Nick Charles reports.

The state of the union address falls during a especially tumultuous moment this year. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has dominated the headlines. Biden reportedly has revised his address since Russia’s invasion. He is expected to speak extensively about the Ukraine. Biden said when the invasion began,

This aggression cannot go unanswered. If it did, the consequences for America would be much worse. America stands up to bullies, we stand up for freedom. This is who we are.

Inflation was already rising in America. It hit a forty-year high even before the Russian action. And, increasing unrest in the world will only make US inflation worse. President Biden said last November,

Disruptions related to the pandemic have caused challenges in our supply chain, which have sparked concern about shortages and contributed to higher prices.

It’s not all bad news for Biden, though. Last week, the president nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson for Justice of the Supreme Court.

For too long, our government and our courts haven’t looked like America.

If confirmed, 51-year old Ketanji Brown Jackson would be the first Black woman to sit on the nation’s highest court.

For Annenberg Media, I’m Nick Charles Currie.