Biden Town Hall Wednesday, Trump will be Part of Jan. 6 Inquiry, says chair

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President Joe Biden will appear in a CNN town hall on Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the same time, the panel chair says Trump will be part of the Jan. 6 inquiry, and Biden backs “right to repair” regulation and more stories in Democrat politics.

President Joe Biden to appear at town hall on Wednesday

Six months after taking office, President Joe Biden will participate in a CNN-sponsored town hall from Cincinnati, Ohio, on Wednesday.

The one-hour-long event is projected to focus on a wide range of issues facing the nation, CNN reported. Among the topics anticipated are the state of the pandemic and the U.S. economy.

The U.S. is seeing a surge of the Delta variant. While over 161 million Americans are vaccinated, vaccination rates still have failed to reach the Biden administration’s targets, with the White House ramping up outreach efforts to combat misinformation about vaccines.

Don Lemon will moderate CNN’s town hall, which kicks off at 8 PM ET and will be available on CNN television broadcasts, CNN International, and CNN Español, and will be available on its website and mobile well as streaming devices.

Trump will be part of Jan. 6 inquiry, says panel chair

According to the Guardian, chair of the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), said that former President Donald Trump would be part of his inquiry. Thompson said he “absolutely” plans to conduct a wide-ranging probe against Trump and some of his top allies on Capitol Hill.

According to The Hill, Thompson authored the bill creating the independent commission and chairs the House Homeland Security Committee said he is prepared to depose lawmakers and senior Trump administration officials who might have taken part in the attack.

Biden backs “right to repair” legislation

Earlier this month, President Biden issued an executive order asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to draw up regulations forcing manufacturers to change policies and allow what consumer groups refer to as the “right to repair.” This is problematic, from electronics to farm equipment to home appliances. Not only is it costly for consumers, but it is creating an abundance of material waste.

Nathan Proctor of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), a consumer organization, and its “right-to-repair” campaign director says manufacturers deny critical information and spare parts to consumers and repair shops, NPR reported.

“They use software locking so that they lock out repairs with software,” Proctor says. “They won’t let you access diagnostic features.”

Proctor says Americans dispose of 416,000 cellphones a day.

In May, the FTC issued a report called “Nixing the Fix” that looked into the issue.